It seems that John Mayberry lost the coin toss, as he was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley with the activation of Shane Victorino from the DL. The Phillies options appeared to be A) Optioning Mayberry; B) Placing Gload on the DL with his hip issue; C) Optioning Francisco or D) Subjecting Martinez to Waivers and offering him back to Washington. Mayberry was hitting .231 with 3 HR and 12 RBI to go along with 4 stolen bases. He had started 12 games in a row, and 16 of the last 17 for the Phils, playing a solid CF in Victorino’s absence.
It seems Mayberry because of his status with options became the easiest answer for the Phils, although in my opinion Martinez is simply a wasted roster spot at this stage. Although Martinez has versatility, there are many more Michael Martinez out there. There are also many more John Mayberry’s out there. However, if the Phils are concerned with putting the best team on the field, a rostered Mayberry should be included. Late in the game against a LHP, clearly you want Mayberry. He can steal a base and provide depth as a late inning defensive replacement for Ibanez/Francisco/Brown.
In any event, Lehigh Valley will have to make a roster move to make room for Mayberry. The ‘Pigs have several players who have opt out “options” in their contracts coming up over the next month including I believe both Brandon Moss and Delwyn Young. Unfortunately, the player most likely to be affected by this is Rich Thompson (a personal favorite of mine), who may be headed to Reading in the short term as the Scott Podsednik experiment continues.