Apr 7, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell (44) hits a single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

2013 MLB Trade Deadline: Royals Acquire Outfielder Justin Maxwell From Astros

It’s been mostly quiet for the Royals so far this trade deadline, but they’ve made at least one move now, acquiring outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros.

UPDATE: Bob Dutton reports that Maxwell was dealt for pitching prospect Kyle Smith who had a 2.85 ERA in 104.1 innings for Wilmington. He was a fourth round pick in 2011.

Maxwell’s a former product of the Nationals system who’s played center field primarily, but also can play the corners. He’s better at the plate against lefties than righties (.837 OPS vs. lefties, .652 OPS vs. righties), suggesting a platoon with David Lough may be in order. Keith Law says it’s a pretty good and cheap move. Maxwell also has some power, hitting 18 homers in 2012 in 352 plate appearances.

To make room for Maxwell, the Royals may place Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list after he tweaked his groin in Chicago making a catch. Chris Getz has missed time as well after hurting his knee in the Orioles series in Kansas City. A Cain DL stint would probably make more sense since otherwise, the Royals would be carrying five outfielders.

Dutton also points out that Maxwell has suffered a broken hand and concussion this year and that Maxwell will join the team tomorrow in Minnesota, at which point a corresponding move will be made to get him on the roster.

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  • chiefridgy

    Big move. NOT

  • Courtney Edwards

    Damn. I liked Kyle Smith.

  • jimfetterolf

    I like Kyle Smith, don’t like this trade at the moment. Smith was a 20 year old in A+ doing a good job while Maxwell looks like Frenchy v2.0. Only reason is if Cain is hurt, but Smith was way too much value to give.

  • kibo

    Just a dumb move and poor asset management. Why not just bring up Seratalli? Does not help current team and weakens the system.

  • jimfetterolf

    Anyone hear if Maxwell has an option left? He’s still in arbitration, but can’t find anything on an option.

    • Michael Engel

      Should be out of options. Debuted in September 2007, opens 2008 in the minors (1), opens 2009 in minors (2), opens 2010 in minors (3).

  • Eric Akers

    I originally looked at this move as a terrible one. After some research about whether this guy can actually be a decent player, I have come down that this is a bad move with the potential to go really badly. Kyle Smith looks like a guy with some great potential, and I am not sure that Max can actually hit. The front office needs to get off their love of “athleticism” and willingness to overpay for it.