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Amaro Leaning Toward Tendering Contract To Mayberry

Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has been considered a non-tender candidate in many circles, but even after signing Marlon Byrd, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. seems to be leaning toward retaining him.  "He's not a issue for me.  We haven't made any final decisions. But I'd view him as a tender," Amaro said today of Mayberry, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Mayberry is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, having amassed three years and 95 days of big league service time.

Mayberry, 30 in December, hit .227/.286/.391 in 384 plate appearances this year.  A right-handed hitter, he has continually shown power against southpaws.  Matt Swartz projects him at a $1.7MM salary for 2014.  The Phillies' arbitration class also includes Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo, Ben Revere, and Kevin Frandsen.

MLBTR published its list of non-tender candidates last Thursday.

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