Phillies Avoid Arbitration with John Mayberry

The Phillies avoided arbitration with outfielder John Mayberry prior to the deadline yesterday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.587 million, per’s Todd Zolecki. It’s just shy of Matt Swartz’s projection of $1.7 million. Mayberry was eligible for arbitration for the first time and can become a free agent after the 2016 season.

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Welcome to the Redesigned Crashburn Alley

At long last, we have unveiled the new and improved Crashburn Alley. Thanks to Randy Neil for all of the technical work and to Marcus Price for the logo concept. If you like what you see, check out their site at

Overall, the site should work just like it did before, but it should look better across a wider range of platforms, whether you’re using a small or a big monitor, or a mobile device. All of our contact info is up in the right-hand sidebar should you want to reach any of us. The comments are now threaded so you can better keep track of conversations when they diverge. Additionally, you can assign a plus or minus vote to each comment, to either side of the big number on the right-hand side of the comment box.

As for the blogroll in the sidebar to the right, which is something that unfortunately gets neglected far too often, if you or someone you know runs an active baseball blog and would like to be included, just let me know in the comments below, on Twitter, or via email. Also, if you notice a defunct blog or a broken link, please let me know.

If something isn’t working right with the site, if you don’t like how something looks, or if you have any other feedback, don’t hesitate to contact me.