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The Phillies made one more trade before tonight’s midnight waiver Trade Deadline.
They shipped outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays for Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
Pierre, 22, had just been promoted from Class A Dunedin to Double-A New Hampshire. He hit .263 with 23 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 40 RBIs and a .675 OPS in 407 plate appearances with Dunedin. He has been assigned to Double-A Reading.
Mayberry hit .213 with six home runs, 21 RBIs and a .722 OPS in 138 plate appearances this season, and .242 with 52 home runs, 169 RBIs and a .733 OPS in parts of six seasons with the Phillies.
The Phillies acquired Mayberry from the Rangers on Nov. 20, 2008, for outfielder Greg Golson. It was the first player transaction Ruben Amaro Jr. made as general manager.
The Phillies traded right-hander Roberto Hernandez earlier this month to the Dodgers for prospects Victor Arano, who is a right-hander, and Jesmuel Valentin, who is a second baseman.
The Phillies acquired him yesterday as the first player to be named in the deal. The Phillies have until the middle of next month to select the second player, which will come from a remaining pool of three players. Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated they are leaning toward a pitcher.
“We have a pretty good idea of who we want but we’re still waiting to make a decision right now,” he said. “We’ll check on some medical stuff. They’re younger guys. For the situation we’re in and the player we gave up, I think we did pretty well. Even if we had just this guy, we’d be happy with it.”
MLB.com ranked Valentin, who is the son of former big leaguer Jose Valentin, as the No. 13 prospect in the Dodgers’ organization. Selected 51st overall as a supplement pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Valentin was hitting .282 with 22 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs, 47 RBIs and a .785 OPS in 107 games with Great Lakes.
Valentin will report to Class A Clearwater.
“We like the kid,” Amaro said. “He’s got baseball acumen. He’s advanced pretty quickly. He plays short and second; we’ll probably have him play second base for us. Switch hitter. Plays the game well. … We’re not sure if he’s better from the right or from the left side. He doesn’t have a whole lot of Minor-league at bats yet. But he’s all right. He’s someone who handles the bat pretty well. He has a little bit of pop. He’s not a big guy, but has a little pop. He can run. He plays the game right. He plays hard.”
Amaro said there is chance the Phillies could make at least another trade before the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline.
The Phillies announced this evening they have acquired Class A second baseman Jesmuel Valentin from the Dodgers as the first of two players to be named in the Roberto Hernandez trade.
MLB.com ranked Valentin as the No. 13 prospect in the Dodgers’ organization.
Selected 51st overall as a supplement pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Valentin was hitting .282 with 22 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs, 47 RBIs and a .785 OPS in 107 games with Great Lakes.
He struggled in 33 games with Great Lakes last season, posting a .618 OPS, but has improved at the plate this season.