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Royals designate Justin Maxwell for assignment

May 16, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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What a difference a year makes for Justin Maxwell.

Last season the Royals acquired the veteran outfielder from the Astros on July 31 and watched him hit .268 with five homers and an .857 OPS in 35 games down the stretch. They signed him to a one-year, $1.33 million contract to avoid arbitration … and then Maxwell went 4-for-29 (.138) with 15 strikeouts to begin this season.

And today they designated him for assignment.

Maxwell obviously isn’t as bad as he looked in the early going this season and he barely played for the Royals, logging just 32 total plate appearances in 40 team games. He’s a 30-year-old career .225 hitter, but good power and decent plate discipline have led to a .733 OPS that would make him a fit as a fourth outfielder somewhere.

  1. bluesoxbaseball - May 16, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    The Reds could use him.

  2. Detroit Michael - May 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    This is symptom of the Royals’ stupid roster construction this past off-season. They had two back-up outfielders — Dyson and Maxwell — who were both out of options. Except when Cain was injured, Dyson hardly plays either. For a team that carries a full-time DH and (like everyone else today) lots of relievers, you just can’t get by with two back-up outfielders, neither of which play much at all.

  3. hittfamily - May 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Mike Moustakas is envious of those numbers.

  4. dwrek5 - May 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    This is the reason I could never be a scout. Love this guy, thought he was going to be a star and will never give up thinking that. Still should have a role somewhere in the Bigs though…

  5. jsala02 - May 16, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    He played well with the Astros last year

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