ST. PETERSBURG -- The Blue Jays have been searching for a platoon partner to pair with first baseman Adam Lind for almost a year, but they may have finally found their guy in John Mayberry Jr.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos completed a minor deal with the Phillies a few hours prior to Sunday's deadline. The Blue Jays sent low-level prospect Gustavo Pierre to Philadelphia in a move to strengthen their bench.
Mayberry has the ability to play all three outfield positions in addition to first base. The versatility was a selling point, but the main reason behind the deal was Mayberry's numbers against left-handed pitchers.
"We haven't had success against left-handers, so any opportunity we have to get a guy who has had success there and gives us defensive flexibility just seems like a no-brainer for us to take a look," Anthopoulos said.
Mayberry is a career .272 hitter with an .856 OPS against lefties during his six-year career. The numbers are a stark contrast to his performance against righties which includes a .224 average and .659 OPS.
The son of former Blue Jays first baseman John Mayberry will immediately enter a timeshare with Lind depending on who is taking the mound for the opposition. He's eligible for arbitration at the end of the season and likely would have been non-tendered by the Phillies.
"He's experienced, he's had a lot of success in the big leagues against lefties," manager John Gibbons said.