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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Golson Gone

On a day that was supposed to be quiet with very little things going on due to no games, turned out to be a heavy day of news. I guess new General Manager Ruben Amaro wants things to be on the front page rather than taking a back seat to a Flyers, Sixers or Eagles game.
Anyway, after reporting earlier that Chase Utley is getting surgery, it was learned the Phils dealt outfielder prospect Greg Golsen to the Texas Rangers for another outfielder prospect John Mayberry Jr. 

Mayberry, like Golson, was a first round pick. However unlike Golson, who is a speedster, Mayberry is a power hitter and a possible replacement for Pat Burrell down the line. If Burrell leaves, it is unlikely the right-handed Mayberry fills his spot in the immediate future. He will most likely not make the big club. 

In Double-A Reading this past season, Golson hit .282 with 13 homers and 23 stolen bases. In 426 at-bats, he had a .333 on-base percentage.

Combining his 135 games and 519 at-bats between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma, Mayberry hit .264 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs.

Golson did get called up to the Phils in September, but was not on the playoff roster. However, he did ride in the parade down Broad Street. 

Picture taken by me from my seats at the Championship Parade Rally.

All in all, while the Phils gave up speed, they did get a potential right-handed power bat. The only reason I say potential is because we do not know if this kid will amount to something or not. 

So, this was Amaro's first deal as GM. Maybe it will turn out to be a real gem. Who knows?

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