Mayberry’s time in the lineup the last two days may have been an unexpected showcase for the reserve outfielder. The Red Sox are on the lookout for outfield depth and have had scouts at several recent Phillies games, including Tuesday night’s. The Yankees are also a team to watch on Mayberry, a plugged-in major-league source said. They had a scout in Atlanta on Wednesday.
The Yanks pursuit of Mayberry may mean more than just an addition to the outfield.
Carlos Beltran has yet to take the field since returning from injury and seems to be stuck in the designated hitter spot instead. It's very possible Beltran's elbow won't let him take the field the rest of the 2014 season and adding a guy like Mayberry is the backup plan.
Mayberry won't be just another outfielder the Yanks could use, he's also posting a solid campaign this year with a .256 average and five homers with 19 RBI in sporadic playing time.
Along with playing the outfield, Mayberry can move to first base when necessary, which would help solve the problem of giving Mark Teixeira a day off at DH without losing his bat or experiencing a big drop-off in his glove not being there.
It likely won't take much to get a reserve outfielder like the 30-year-old, but what makes it easier to give up something is the fact that Mayberry still has two more years of arbitration before becoming a free agent in 2017.
Mayberry could be a short-term fix that turns into a long-term solution.
Competition from the Boston Red Sox will make things more difficult. Not only will it drive up the price, but the Sox may have more to offer or be more willing to let go of a young prospect or two.
Let the games begin.
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