John Mayberry Jr.

John Mayberry Jr.’s contract details

OF John Mayberry Jr. signed a one-year deal with the Mets, worth $1.45 million guaranteed.

Mayberry also has performance bonuses built into his contract that total an additional $500,000 based on plate appearances.

He will earn $50,000 each for 200 plate appearances, and each additional 50 through 450, and $100,000 apiece for 500 and 550 (AP, Dec. 16).

He hit .243 with a .341 OBP and .571 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching in 2014. For his career, Mayberry has hit .269/.324/.533, with 30 home runs, against lefties.

In case you missed it on MetsBlog for Dec. 15, presented by Land Rover

1) The Mets still haven’t decided whether to bid for Korean SS Jeong-ho Kang, who was posted on Monday.

2) The Mets officially announced that they have signed John Mayberry, Jr. to a one-year deal worth $1.45 million. To make room for Mayberry on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated RHP Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

3) Dillon Gee, who has been the subject of recent trade rumors, said that the Mets are ready to win.

4) The Mariners said that they’re not looking to trade SS Brad Miller.

5) SS Jed Lowrie, who the Mets reportedly had some interest in, signed a three-year deal with the Astros.

6) If the Red Sox trade a shortstop, it will most likely be 24-year-old prospect Deven Marrero – not Xander Bogaerts.

7) The Royals signed OF Alex Rios to a one-year deal worth $11 million.


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Dillon Gee says the Mets are ready to win

“The Mets are ready to win,” Dillon Gee told MLB Network Radio on Monday. “This is going to be a big year for us.”



Last week at the MLB Winter Meetings, Gee was the subject of several reports indicating the Mets might trade him for a left-handed reliever or upgrade at shortstop.

“It’s hard not to see it, especially since I’m on Twitter,” Gee said. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little exciting to know other teams are asking about me.”

Sandy Alderson may be overvaluing Gee, according to an MLB source (Ackert, Dec. 11). There are several teams interested in Gee, but they seem to see him as a fall-back option as they try to acquire other pitchers on the free agent and trade market (Cerrone, Dec. 10).

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Astros sign infielder Jed Lowrie to 3-year deal

The Astros have signed free-agent SS Jed Lowrie to a three-year contract, with a fourth year option (MLBTR, Dec. 15).

Lowrie’s deal is worth more than $20 million guaranteed, and he will play shortstop in Houston (Drellich & Drellich, Dec. 15).

The Mets were not as enthusiastic about Lowrie this winter as they once were (Rubin, Nov. 11). However, if prices began to come down later in the winter, they might have reconsidered (Rubin, Nov. 20).

There were several teams interested in Lowrie, but they viewed him more as a back-up infielder, second or third baseman, than a shortstop (Slusser, Dec. 8 & Crasnick, Dec. 8).


In November, a GM, agent and reporter predicted Lowrie would eventually get a three-year deal worth around $30 million (Heyman, Nov. 10).

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Happy Birthday, Mo Vaughn, thanks for the memory

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Mo Vaughn was mostly a bust for the Mets, hitting just 29 home runs in the two and a half years he was on the roster. Yet, he’s responsible for one of the most impressive hits I’ve ever seen at Shea Stadium. In June 2002, he hit an 0-1, hanging slider roughly 500 feet that landed nearly two-thirds of the way up the scoreboard, creating a ripple down the Budweiser sign that I’ll never forget. The crazy part is, I can’t remember if the Mets won or lost, because the home run dominated the experience at the ballpark that night. I was seated some place in the upper deck in right field, almost eye level with where the ball landed. It was an incredible vantage point for what ended up being a meaningless, yet legendary hit.

So, you may have missed an entire season, Mo; you may have caused a lot of frustration for Mets fans; and you may have nearly killed me with a line drive during a pitching lesson with Kevin Morton in Norwalk when I was 14 years old (true); but I’ll always remember you and be thankful for that home run. It was an awesome experience, which is what the game is all about. Happy Birthday…

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Mets sign John Mayberry Jr. to one-year deal

The Mets signed OF John Mayberry Jr. to a one-year, $1.45 million major league deal (Heyman & Sherman, Dec. 11). The team made the deal official on Monday.


Update – 1:41 p.m.: To make room for Mayberry, the Mets have designated RHP Gonzalez Germen for assignment, the team announced.


Mayberry, who turns 31 years old later this month, was set to make roughly $2 million if offered arbitration (MLBTR, Nov. 2014).

He hit .243 with a .341 OBP and .571 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching in 2014. For his career, Mayberry has hit .269/.324/.533, with 30 home runs, against lefties.

Mayberry was worth 0.2 fWAR in 2014, and projected to be worth 0.1 fWAR in 2015 (FanGraphs, Dec. 11).

He was non-tendered by Toronto in December.

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

Mayberry is not a sexy signing, but every team needs a fifth outfielder and that’s exactly the purpose he serves. His right-handed bat will complement whoever wins the Kirk Nieuwenhuis/Matt den Dekker lefty sweepstakes and he has some experience at first base, as well.

For his career, his offense has been around league average — again, nothing exciting, but it’s what you’re expecting off the bench. He strikes out a lot, but also walks and he has some pop. His defense isn’t great, but as long as he doesn’t spend much time in center, he won’t hurt them.

Ultimately, this is a small move that will do little to move the meter on the 2015 Mets, but building up depth on the bench is always a good idea.

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Mayberry’s best trait may be that he can play an adequate corner outfield (+6.5 UZR/150 and 0 DRS in right field for his career) against left handed pitching, allowing the Mets to hide Michael Cuddyer‘s strong bat but below-average glove to first base. Mayberry has graded out negatively on defense overall the last few years, but that’s only because he’s been miscast as a center fielder — he’s fine in a corner.

Small move, but one which can pay big dividends with the Mets current personnel

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Red Sox more likely to trade Marrero than Bogearts

The Red Sox now believe they can deal SS prospect Deven Marrero for a mid-rotation starting pitcher, while keeping SS Xander Bogaerts (Cafardo on MLB Network, Dec. 15).

Marerro, 24, was a first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State and named Boston’s Minor League Defensive Player of the Year last season.

“He’s lived up to his defensive billing as a pro,” MiLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo recently wrote about Marrero. “He’s not the flashiest shortstop, but he’s tremendously instinctive and fundamentally sound.” However, though he has controlled the strike zone and made consistent contact, Mayo adds, “Marrero has yet to show much offensively in pro ball.”

Marrero is considered Boston’s fifth-best position prospect, according a recent list from MLB.com.

“I want to be the Derek Jeter of the Red Sox,” Marrero said at the end of last season (NESN, Sept. 27). “That’s my goal, that’s what I want. It’s being a champion.”


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I know his name has come up inside the Mets, but I really have no sense of where they stand on him. I’m told he’s a really good defensive shortstop who is probably a bottom-of-the-order hitter in need of at least another full year of Triple-A. Friends in Boston say he’s a good athlete with quick hands, he’s got a level, compact swing and not a lot of power. Basically, he eventually puts the ball in play, but needs time to adjust to each level he plays at.

I’m fine getting this type of talent in return for just Dillon Gee, assuming the Red Sox are interested. But, I don’t think he strolls in to camp the favorite to start Opening Day. In fact, he’ll probably end up in competition with Matt Reynolds for a late-year promotion more than he’s competing with Wilmer Flores to be on the roster in April.