(The Associated Press) The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline.
acquire OF Maxwell
for minor league pitcher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith on Wednesday in an attempt to upgrade their depth for the stretch run.
The speedy Maxwell
was expected to join the Royals
in time for the series finale Thursday in Minnesota.
Kansas City will have to make a corresponding roster move.
were seeking a right-handed outfielder prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, and at least on paper achieved their goal.
is hitting just .214 with two homers and eight RBIs in 40 games this season, but he's
hitting .302 against left-handed pitchers.
fits the bill for relatively cheap: He's
making $492,500 if he
spends the entire season in the majors, and the Royals
will have him under control through 2016.
career has so far been filled with more downs than ups.
broke into the big leagues as a 23-year-old with the Nationals in 2007, but only played in 108 games over the next three seasons.
was traded to the Yankees in 2011 and then claimed off waivers by Houston, where he's
spent the past two seasons.
Maxwell hit 18 homers and 53 RBIS last season, and the Astros were hopeful of a late-career breakout this season.
hand while getting hit by a pitch in late April, and then sustained a concussion in late June while trying to make a diving catch.
In return for Maxwell
, the Astros picked up 20-year-old Smith, a fourth-round pick of Kansas City in the 2011 amateur draft.