The Blue Jays have acquired outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from the Phillies in exchange for minor-league third baseman Gustavo Pierre, according to a team announcement. The teams completed the deal before tonight's midnight deadline for playoff eligibility, so Mayberry will be eligible for the postseason if the Blue Jays make it.
Mayberry, 30, has been on the disabled list since late July with a wrist injury, but has been rehabbing at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and is thought to be close to returning to the majors. Though the Jays have a solid starting outfield of Melky Cabrera, Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista, Mayberry will join Kevin Pillar as a backup for the season's final month and potentially the postseason.
In 63 games with the Phillies on the season, Mayberry has hit .213/.304/.418 with 6 home runs and 21 RBI while appearing at all three outfield positions as well as first base. He will be arbitration-eligible after the season and is under team control through the 2016 season, if the Jays wish to hold onto him. The Yankees and Red Sox both expressed interest in trading for Mayberry at various points this summer.
Pierre, 22, spent the majority of the season with High-A Dunedin before being promoted to Double-A New Hampshire, hitting .263/.285/.390 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 107 games with Dunedin. He is not considered a top prospect, and was not listed by Baseball America among the Jays' top 30 prospects before the season.