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Opinion: Mayberry Should Get Call North

MayberryFriday night the Phillies designated Miguel Cairo for assignment, meaning he can either be traded or released, or will clear waivers. Very likely, the Cairo era will end in Philadelphia.

Andrew Carpenter likely will move back to Lehigh Valley after tonight’s start; he’s neither the first option for the starting rotation, nor is he the first option in relief. That means someone else will be coming north.

It should be John Mayberry Jr.

Hitting .277 with eight home runs and 25 RBI, Mayberry has shown to be a sufficient right-handed bat in Lehigh Valley. He would be an instant bench upgrade. And he makes perfect sense going into next weekend’s interleague series at Yankee Stadium. New York is scheduled to throw left-handed CC Sabathia and Andy Pettite at the Phils. No better option for designated hitter/outfielder than Mayberry.

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