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November 20, 2008

We have a trade

But it's a not a huge one with catchers being swapped for pitchers. The Rangers have sent minor-league outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Phillies for minor-league outfielder Greg Golson, a native Texan.

Golson, the Phillies' 2004 first-round pick, spent the season in Double-A Reading, where he hit .282 with 13 homers, 60 RBI and 23 steals. Not bad, though he had an incredibly poor strikeouts-to-walks differential of 130 to 34. Still, the Phillies called him up in September, and he made his major-league debut Sept. 3. He went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts and a stolen base in brief action.

Mayberry, who finished the year at Triple-A Oklahoma, was the Rangers' first-round pick in 2005. He hit a combined .264 between Double-A Frisco and Oklahoma in 2008 with 20 homers and 71 RBI.

Golson, from Austin, goes on the 40-man roster.

-- Jeff Wilson


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Wouldn't Mayberry have been at 1st except for the triple logjam of talent there?

If Golson is a better fielder, then I'd say this is insurance for Boggs and Borbon, in case we trade both Murph and Byrd for pitching.

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