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Mayberry is dealt to Toronto

NEW YORK -- The Phillies traded outfielder-first baseman John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for minor-league third baseman Gustavo Pierre.

All players traded by Sunday are eligible for the postseason.

Mayberry has been on the disabled list since July 22 because of inflammation in his left wrist. He appeared in nine rehab games for triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Mayberry, 30, is a former first-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in November 2008 for Greg Golson.

The Standord product batted .242 with 52 home runs and 169 RBIs in parts of six seasons with the Phillies. This year he batted .213 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 138 plate appearances.

Pierre, 22, spent most of this season at high-A Dunedin, where he hit .263 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 407 plate appearances. He was recently promoted to double-A New Hampshire, where he appeared in nine games, batting .213 with a home run and three RBIs. He totaled 112 strikeouts and 13 walks for the season.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Pierre was signed by Toronto as an undrafted free agent in July 2008.

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