The Phillies have avoided arbitration with John Mayberry Jr. by signing the outfielder-first baseman to a one year $1.587 million contract plus award bonuses.
Major League Baseball teams had until 1 p.m. on Friday to agree to terms on a deal before exchanging arbitration figures. Arbitration hearings are next month.
An arbitration-eligible player can sign at any point before those hearings.
Mayberry, who earned $517,000 last year, hit .227 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 353 at-bats. He also struck out 90 times and had on base plus slugging percentage of .677.
In parts of five seasons with the Phillies, the 30-year-old Mayberry has a .245 average with 46 home runs, 148 RBIs and a .734 OPS.
Last season, Mayberry started 84 games, but he could be hard-pressed to match that total with the addition of outfielder Marlon Byrd.
After signing Kyle Kendrick on Thursday to a $7.65 million deal plus award bonuses, the Phillies have just two more arbitration-eligible players, centerfielder Ben Revere and lefthander Antonio Bastardo.
Revere made $515,000 last season while Bastardo earned $1.4 million but that's not counting the money lost when he was suspended 50 games due to the Biogenesis scandal.
The 25-year-old Revere batted .305 and had 22 stolen bases in 315 at-bats. He suffered a season-ending broken foot on July 13.
Before his suspension, Bastardo, 28, was 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA and two saves in 48 appearances. He had 47 strikeouts and 21 walks in 422/3 innings.
Manuel signing official
The Phillies also made it official by naming former manager Charlie Manuel senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Manuel, 70, will work with minor league hitters, scout at the major and minor league levels and serve as a consultant for the baseball operations staff. ... Righthander David Buchanan has been added to the major league spring training camp as a nonroster invitee. The 24-year-old Buchanan was 10-13 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 starts combined for double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley.
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