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Phillies deal Golson to Rangers

Phillies deal Golson to Rangers

PHILADELPHIA -- Greg Golson put down the paint-dipped roller and answered his phone, unsure who was on the other side of "unknown caller."

Within a minute of taking the call from Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Golson learned that he was heading to the Rangers for John Mayberry Jr. in a swap of Minor League outfielders and former first-round Draft picks.

Less than a month after riding on a flatbed truck as part of the team's celebratory parade down Broad Street, Golson will begin anew with a nice memory.

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"I was grateful to get a chance to see that before I left," Golson said. "I'm definitely shocked now. It's a weird feeling, and I haven't had a whole lot of time to process it."

When he does, he might realize his good fortune in having been dealt to a team in Texas roughly 250 miles from his hometown, Austin. The 23-year-old graduated from John Connally High School.

"My family is going to be a lot closer to me now, so that's a good thing," he said. "If I have to go somewhere, this is a good place to go."

Selected in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Golson spent the season at Double-A Reading and hit .282 with a .333 on-base percentage, 13 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 426 at-bats.

He is heading to Texas in what Amaro called a "speed for power" swap, with the Rangers adding a piece they sought and the Phillies acquiring a corner outfielder/first baseman with power pop.

The son of former Royals slugging first baseman John Mayberry hit .264 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs in 135 games and 519 at-bats combined at Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma. Texas selected him in the first round in 2005.

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With Philadelphia potentially needing a left fielder to replace Pat Burrell, Mayberry at least could emerge as an option on some level, though he's a long shot to break camp with the Phillies.

"We'll see," said Amaro.

In acquiring Mayberry, the Phillies have added a potent right-handed bat in exchange for a player they felt was expendable. Though Dominic Brown, D'Arby Myers and Michael Taylor are power-hitting outfielders developing in the low Minors, Mayberry is more advanced.

Golson and Mayberry know each other from when Golson visited Stanford University on a college recruiting trip and Mayberry showed him around campus. Golson ended up signing out of high school.

Golson leaves for Texas searching for his first Major League hit. He debuted as a pinch-runner and stole a base but went 0-for-6 in six September at-bats. He made his first and only Major League start on Sept. 28, against the Nationals, in the Phillies' final regular-season game.

Mayberry was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and had his contract purchased by the Phillies, who added him to the 40-man roster. Philadelphia also added right-handers Carlos Carrasco and Drew Naylor, lefty Sergio Escalona and catcher Joel Naughton to the 40-man roster, bringing the total to 37.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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