Yankees Acquire Justin Maxwell

The Yankees announced that they have acquired Justin Maxwell from the Nationals for minor league right-hander Adam Olbrychowski. When Washington had to clear roster space last week, they designated Maxwell for assignment.

Other than their four primary outfielders – Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones – the Yankees don't have a ton of outfield depth. Maxwell will provide manager Joe Girardi with an alternative to Colin Curtis, Greg Golson and Jordan Parraz.

Maxwell has a .201/.319/.379 line in 260 big league plate appearances and a .261/.357/.442 line in 1778 minor league plate appearances. The 27-year-old has shown speed on the basepaths and the ability to play all three outfield positions.

Olbrychowski reached Double-A last year in his fourth professional season. The 24-year-old posted a 3.90 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 67 innings at Class A and Double-A last year, working almost exclusively out of the bullpen.


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131 Comments on "Yankees Acquire Justin Maxwell"


Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

batted .144 with a .305 OBP and a .288 slugging.

lol if that doesn’t make your head hurt I dont know what will.

rzepczynski
4 years 6 months ago

hmmm…. my head feels fine

EdinsonPickle
4 years 6 months ago

Getting hit in the head with a bat?

Natinals
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah but for whatever reason, with the bases loaded in his career, he is 3 for 5 with 3 HRs

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

That’s 2 more HR’s than Derek Jeter with the bases loaded in 216 less At Bats

Giorgi Almonte
4 years 6 months ago

hmmm

vinniemiller
4 years 6 months ago

Is he gonna be Andruw Jones’ personal trainer or something? That’s about the only use I can think of for him…

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Can he pitch?

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Insert “WS, here they come” joke.

4 years 6 months ago

I guess I’m the only person on planet earth who’s thunderstruck by all this buzz about the Yankees being dead in the water. Last I checked, the same rotation they’re slated to start the season with this year (assuming Pettite comes back, which he will) was two wins away from playing in the world series. And that’s with AJ Burnett being hung out to dry by Dave Eiland and Joe Girardi, and Pettite on the DL for parts of three months.

Yeah, the Yankees are dead all right. All the Yankee-haters need to just keep right on saying that. 😉

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

Do you really think the Yankees don’t have pitching problems? You must be delusional if you don’t see that being a problem for them. You can say what you want about last years rotation, but this years features a lot of question marks.

withpower
4 years 6 months ago

Pitching problems compared with what team? It’s the post-expansion major leagues. Every team has pitching problems outside of Philadelphia.

The Boston Red Sox are penciling Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and John Lackey in for about 90 starts. This isn’t the situation people make it out to be.

4 years 6 months ago

dnt kid urself, philly has pitching problems too… for starters brad lidge is the closer, i think thats enuff sedd, nd the rest of their bullpen aint good either, they mite have 3 great starters (i dont consider cole hamels remotely on the level of the other 3) but they have no bullpen, itll come back to bite them in the playoffs

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

I feel bad for you.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

I feel bad for myself, trying to read that.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

no one is going to listen to your reasoning when you stole your screen name from jersey shore.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

bing…pow….boom! forgetaboutit.

4 years 6 months ago

In the words of Rick James….English is a hell of a language.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

What is this, Jersey Shore? English is a pretty easy language to learn. Try it!

4 years 6 months ago

I have to disagree with you there, both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee can pitch 8-9 innings every start, especially in the playoffs. Having Hammels (I agree he’s not on the same level as the other 3 guys) and/or Oswalt throw 7 is good enough. The Phillies pen isn’t great by any stretch but I don’t think it’ll have any bearing on how they do in the playoffs barring a major injury. As a Yankee fan I’d love to see the Phillies pen collapse, but I don’t think it’s that big of a problem.

4 years 6 months ago

Regardless of our friend who has a limited grasp of the English language I’d like to say a few things about Cole Hamels and the Phillies bullpen. Did everyone forget 2 seasons ago Hamels was a World Series & NLCS MVP and that the Phils had the best bullpen in baseball? Want to go more recently? How about last season where if you take out the first month of the season Hamels had the lowest ERA of any lefty starter in baseball. How about the fact post all-star break Madson and Lidge had the lowest ERA of any set-up/closer combo in baseball. Both Madson and Lidge were nursing injuries early in the season last year. Lets not forget Lidge is only behind Rivera in post-season saves and that Hamels is still very young and he will only get better.

4 years 6 months ago

LOL at every1 who cant read shorthand… dispute my argument not my choice of writing unless u dnt know wat ur talkin bout nd u need 2 put ur 2 cents in?? idc wat lidges numbers say, hes a choke artist aka not a good closer, if he faces a-rod, tex, or cano in the world series ill put all my money on a home run… nd 4 hammels he has yet to perform when expected, let him have a good year this year nd then mebe u can say hes a decent #2 starter… besides as great as cliff lee is, when hes bad, hes really baddd, he wasnt good in the world series, when hes bad he completely takes u outta games, his extremes r worse than burnetts, not that impressed wit that pitchin staff as a whole, its a lil overhyped

4 years 6 months ago

If cole hamels has a good year you’d say he’s a decent #2 starter? That’s great because he’s their #4 starter. I hate the phillies, but compare their rotation from top to bottom with any other rotation in the majors today. I think they clearly have the best rotation.

As for their bullpen, I agree that lidge could be a question mark. But given their strong starting rotation and offense, they could hide that weakness. As for other top bullpen’s I would name: padres, jays, and yanks(soriano & rivera) off the top of my head. I know their are other good ones out there, just saying

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 6 months ago

t shirt time!

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

I’m not comparing it to any teams, but if you’d like me to I will with the AL East. The Yankees have Sabbathia and Hughes, then who’s after that? Burnett has ace stuff he’s just very inconsistent. Nova? You truely can’t expect him to have a great year. Sure, his LIMITED major league time was solid, but over a full season, that’s asking a lot. Colon/Garcia? I see Garcia being effective but only to an extent. Look at the Rays. They built a solid team all around even while losing everyone they did. They rely on SP, and they have plenty of it. Baltimore has a decent rotation, so does Toronto. Boston also has a nice rotation lead by Buchholz and Lester. Lackey/Dice-K/Beckett as your 3-5 starters is fine if they’re healthy. They also have Miller/Wakefield/Doubrount and Hill as back up SP. I think you are overlooking how thin NY’s starting pitching is.

Oh yeah, by the way – These teams ALL have very good offenses which require solid SP to slow them down. Pitching is a must.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Wait….the O’s have a good rotation?

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

I said… “Baltimore has a decent rotation”

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

If Baltimore’s rotation were a chick then she would be described by the kind hearted as “having a good personaility”. The Yanks would be the modest looking girlfiend that hung out with Baltimore to make herself look better to others. As an extention, the Yanks would be the girl that has no problem putting out but this winter ended up going home by herself more often than usual. :(

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

Touche.

4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, that’s probably the same dude who said the Mariners were going to win the AL West last year.

withpower
4 years 6 months ago

It’s not just Nova. There’s Hector Noesi, David Phelps. Potential injury-provoked garbage-time starts against powerhouses like Seattle and Kansas City by the likes of Garcia and Colon. I’m not worried about it.

Beckett? The Yankees can blow him up. We pretty much do every time. Same with Lackey and Dice-K. So it becomes yet another typical NYY-BOS game where somebody is scoring 7 and somebody is scoring 6. I’ll take the Bronx bullpen there, brother. Miller? Wakefield? Doubrount? Who the hell are these guys? They are just organizational jetsam at this point, no different or better than anybody else. You’re hyping Paul Coffeys here, bra.

Baltimore does not have a decent rotation. Not decent at containing Alex Rodriguez home runs anyway.

I just don’t know how to get it across to you. I’m not worried AT ALL. You can’t tell me I should be terrified of Jeremy Guthrie and Marc Rzepczynski playing spoiler for this Yankees squad and expect me to take you seriously.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

I’m not “hyping” anyone. I simply stated that Boston has a starting 5 that is very strong. The fallback/fill in options are there if needed. NY has those fill in types fighting for a spot. Which is what I was trying to say, “BRA”. And it’s great that you’re not worried but as the Yankees struggle every year with pitching, this year will be very rough for them and they better hope they strike gold again in a mid season trade like they did with Aaron Small years back. It’s that bad. I can’t even begin to comment about the rest of what you said. We’ll have to agree to disagree, here.

withpower
4 years 6 months ago

New York has plenty of organizational depth. Nova is getting a shot in spring training because he’s earned it through his actual play against major league and minor league competition.

Stop making things up to fit your narrative.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

Pull your head out of your @$$.

withpower
4 years 6 months ago

You are the one seriously suggesting Jeremy Guthrie, Time (not a typo) Wakefield, First-Name Doubrount, and the ghost of Josh Beckett are going to derail the 2011 New York Yankees.

Where’s your head?

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

When did I suggest they were going to derail NY? You’re putting words in my mouth, now. I simply started by saying the Yankees have pitching problems, you replied to me and this is where we’re at. Looks like your head is still lost.

withpower
4 years 6 months ago

5 comments up, sir. You stated that the Yankees will struggle with starting pitching like they do every year (including 2009, right? what about 1996-2003? 1948-1953? You see how hyperbolic you get when all you’re interested in is hearing yourself make points?) and that we’ll need another “Aaron Small/nugget of gold” because “ALL those teams” (you’re referring to Toronto/Tampa/Baltimore here) have “really good offenses and SP is a MUST”.

It’s never anything like.. Mark Teixeira had the worst year of his career and still hit more home runs than anybody in Boston in 2010. It’s never “Man, the NYY really do have the best OF in baseball”. It’s never “I wonder if Kevin Youkilis will suffer the same fate of a lot of other unathletic late-bloomers with old player skills”.

Baltimore, Toronto, and Tampa Bay will not finish ahead of New York next season. Maybe a team from the Central will nip them for the Wild Card. But the scenarios you’re proposing aren’t going to happen. Mostly because New York is good enough to avoid them, and the other teams aren’t good enough to live up to them.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

I compared them to other teams like you asked. I said the Red Sox have less question marks and a 3-5 with Dice-K/Beckett/Lackey is good when healthy. They’re in much better position than the Yanks having Colon/Garcia/etc. fighting for a spot. Try learning how to read before you reply.

withpower
4 years 6 months ago

All your comments are there for everyone else to read. I went back and read them before I paraphrased your quotes.

You keep attacking my “replies”. Attack the argument I made. The Yankees constantly blow Lackey, Dice-K, and Beckett up. Healthy or not. THEY BLOW THEM UP. We blow Buchholz up, too.

Wake up dude. Dice K, Lackey, and Beckett SUCK. ERAs in the mid-4s dude. Just like EVERYBODY else’s 3-5.

2011 is not going to be any harder than any other season for the NYY. Win 60 games, lose 60 games, try to make the other 40 count. We’ll see where we’re at at the deadline and make a move if we need to.

Why should be Boston and spend hundreds of millions of dollars locking up a rotation full of #4 starters when we can just grab them out of farm system for the league minimum?

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

You’re talking about 2 guys coming off injuries and one guy tranisitioning full time into the AL East. Good try.

withpower
4 years 6 months ago

Again.. you’re not getting it. It’s sad.

Win 60, lose 60, try to make the other 40 count. If they end result is an ERA scraping 5, what difference does it make if it’s John Lackey or Hector Noesi?David Phelps/the ghost of Bartolo Colon throwing it up?

Outside of the Burnett-sized contract (with the benefit of hindsight, too. really, theo?), I can’t see one.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

no but you should be terrified of Mitre/Colon/Garcia pitching for your team

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 6 months ago

Rzepczynski isn’t even pencilled into the starting five, and I would still take Zep over aging former stars like Colon, Garcia

Rick Garcia
4 years 6 months ago

Nothing trumps any Red Sox offseason move more than signing Justin Maxwell

MaineluvstheSox
4 years 6 months ago

Sox just signed Paul Hoover.

John_Ginder
4 years 6 months ago

Another huge splash. They certainly are countering the signing and trade of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Yep, Sox won the Series again in February. I think they did last year to with what “experts” stated was the greatest rotation since Baltimore’s teams in the 70’s. How did that work out?

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

No experts ever said that, no one ever said it was the greatest rotation sense Baltimore’s rotation in the 70’s. Get a Life

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Ouch!!! Looks like a touched a nerve. I never claimed you said it.

However, the Red Sox landing Lackey was checkmate for many in the Baseball world against the Yankees and everyone else.

Commentators went nuts about how between their defense and pitching they would only need to score 2 runs to win a game. I live MA, the papers and sites were so so sure.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

No one said that about the Sox rotation. They are more saying it this year about the Phillies. We shall see how they do.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

I agree. Not this year, it was last year at this time. The Philies have a monster staff. The only think that can stop it will be injuries and Lidge imploding.

bomberj11
4 years 6 months ago

Experts can’t predict health.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Thank you. That is why you cannot make room on your mantle place for the World Series Trophy in February. The top 2 teams are the Phillies and Red Sox, however, both are filled with questions marks up and down their lineups & starting rotations even though they are favored to represent their respective leagues.
Why? Players recovering from injuries. A team doesn’t know how well their players are healed until they start to actually play.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

It’s a nice depth move depending on what was given up. Other than Olson and Curtis (who I’m not sure are still with the team) and the kid Boston DFA’d we really don’t have much should someone on the 25 man go down. His AAA numbers look decent enough toview him as someone w/enough potential to be a 4th or 5th OF if Andru goes down.

wolf9309
4 years 6 months ago

can’t imagine that it cost anything more than maybe a little cash, considering the Nats had to clear roster space and he doesn’t have much value to begin with.

Who did Boston DFA that the Yankees got?

wolf9309
4 years 6 months ago

I stand corrected. Don’t know anything about the guy they traded, doesn’t look like much of a loss though.

rzepczynski
4 years 6 months ago

huge overpay

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Jordan Parraza was the guy they signed who was DFA’d by Boston. Oddly enough, he was just DFA’d to make room for Maxwell.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Well this sucks, i liked Maxwell and now i have to hate him. Nats shouldnt have given up on him. He did have one of the best catches in Nats history.

Lee Steva
4 years 6 months ago

He is quite the athlete no doubt about that. His bat leaves a lot to be desired though.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Stupid Red Sox fan comment about a meaningless back up depth acquisition #1.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Stupid Red Sox fan comment about a meaningless back up depth acquisition #2.

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

Edit

wolf9309
4 years 6 months ago

exhibit a: “Nothing trumps any Red Sox offseason move more than signing Justin Maxwell”
exhibit b:”Another huge splash. They certainly are countering the signing and trade of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez”

4 years 6 months ago

Love the Red Sox fan comments: “Nice job countering the Crawford and Gonzalez deals!” OK, cool…you guys signed Rich Hill. Am I supposed to make some kind of “Way to miss out on Cliff Lee!” joke? No, I’m not. Because I’m not a reactionary idiot who doesn’t examine the world around him before he blurts out internet comments. The Red Sox gained two great offensive players, and lost two (VMart and Beltre). They already had a great offense; they still do. Meanwhile, the Yanks have been quietly adding pieces all offseason, and don’t have to live up to absurd expectations. Let’s let the season play out.

BG921
4 years 6 months ago

I was really hoping Atlanta would sign Maxwell… He had all the tools the Braves were needing in a potential 4th OF. Sure, his numbers with Washington weren’t the best, but a change of scenery could have helped him. It’s a nice signing by the Yankees, I just wish the Braves would actually add pieces that help the team (backup INF/SS and 4th OF) instead of guys like Rodrigo Lopez who will probably spend the season in AAA or out of the organization.

4 years 6 months ago

Meaningless stat #1: He had a .144 BA in 104 ABs

Meaningless stat #2: he had 25 walks in 131 PA

So, maybe he can be a good backup or a fill-in in AAA.

4 years 6 months ago

I’m sure he’s gonna make the team! pointless move.

4 years 6 months ago

Red Sox signed Paul Hoover- woo, WS here they come!?””!?WE?NOKE!???!?

See, I can do it too.

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

Red Sox were good before they signed Hoover, they had a great off season. The Yankees haven’t done anything good to there rotation

4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, “there rotation” looks bad. “here rotation” looks good!

It’s called midseason moves, trying out rookies, and figuring it out as they go along. Trust me, thinking you are 50 games up on the Yanks in September because of your recent moves is delusional

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

Did I ever say we were going to be 50 games up in September? no

4 years 6 months ago

it’s called exaggeration. no team has ever won a division by 50 games over the second place team. but, you are pretty sure at this point you’re winning the division pretty handily, correct?

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

No, there will be a challenge, but yes I think the Sox will win the division, but only by 5 games or less

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

The Sox have rotation issues. Beckett will continue to decline, same with Lackey, Bucholz won’t have the same caliber year, and Dice-K is good for nothing

RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

In the AL East, it’s a huge risk trying someone out for 1/3 or 1/2 of a season. 3 wins can easily be the difference, even if those 3 wins just bring you down to 95 wins.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

This is testament to how great the Yankees are. You either are in love with them to the extent you want to talk about ever minute detail or you posses such passionate hate for them that you need to scrutinize and comment every deal made. Had this been the pirated I doubt there would be more than 10 comments over a 7 day period.

Thank you God for making me a Yanks fan…..and other things as well 😉

nats2012
4 years 6 months ago

Why is this a testament to how great the Yankees are? When someone cant make the 40 man for the Nationals and he makes it with the Yankees, I wouldnt count that as a great testament.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

I said absolutely nothing about this “signing” making the Yankees great. What I said is that the Yankees, because of the tremendous amount of love or hate, inspire 100-200 comments about moves that would barely be a “blip” on the radar for most other teams. And I truly, truly hope that you don’t use this pick up as any indication that the Nats have a better team than the Yanks. Please don’t embarass yourself. If he makes the team then it would be as a 5th OF and nothing more. More than likely he will start 2011 in AAA.

roomwithamoose
4 years 6 months ago

he’s not talking about the Maxwell trade, but how people are being dumb and comparing this as an answer to the Lee signing or the Crawford signing. The trade is a testament to the fact that depth, is probably a good thing to have in order to you know give your outfielders a rest or have someone replace them in late innings for defensive purposes. Unless you know you don’t want to be rational and just use this as an excuse to bash someone…which just makes you a jerk(not calling you specifically a jerk).

4 years 6 months ago

But, seriously, the Red Sox signed two great offensive players, and lost two as well (Beltre and VMart). Their starting catcher is Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Meanwhile, the Yankees quietly made a few moves that bolstered their bench and bullpen. Sure, they have rotation issues. But did anyone plug Aaron Small into any pre-season rotation in 2005? No. Things happen. Now, can I please stop hearing about Red Sox fans’ plans for the ’11 World Series parade? Let’s let the season play out first; these teams are closer than you might think.

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

Wait… So were not having the parade?

4 years 6 months ago

Were not having? Were not having what?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

holy chrissakes shut uppp

RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

we also gain a half season of Pedroia, a couple months of Youk, we only lost 2/3 a season of VMart, and we gain a full season of Ells. I’m pretty sure there have been big improvements in Boston. Time to play the games and see how it all shakes out.

ellisburks
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I would much rather have the Yankees off-season where they lost one starting pitcher to possible retirement another to the Phillies, paid $51 million to a late 30’s poor fielding short stop and is signing the likes of Colon, Garcia and Prior to make up the last two spots in the rotation. Start planning the parade Yankee fans!

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

Jeter is not a poor fielding shortstop

ellisburks
4 years 6 months ago

-4.7 UZR in 2010. -42.4 UZR career. That is a poor fielder. What stats (other than errors which do not allow for declining range as he gets older) do you have that show he isn’t a poor fielder? Also, you cannot use Gold Gloves as they are voted on and tend to be horribly biased.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

I agree that Gold Gloves are a joke, but I wouldn’t really call it biased. They are voted on by players and coaches, which may I add, they cannot vote for players on their team.

Therefore it is the rest of the leagues managers/coaches doing the voting, not BBWAA writers doing it.

I do agree though, Jeter is a poor fielding SS

metsman
4 years 6 months ago

don’t the red sox have some cute ball girls that might provide some depth? at least they’d be some eye candy on the bench. They can wear those tight pinstripes every player had to wear before CC broke the barrier with his MC hammer pants.

BoSoxSam
4 years 6 months ago

The Red Sox don’t wear pinstripes?

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Leave it to a Mets fan to waste an otherwise decent joke, right? THAT RIGHT THERE shows why the Mets are what they are. The pimple faced little brother with the inferiority complex. :)

metsman
4 years 6 months ago

the cog was that the Yankees ownership until recently (in typical self important fashion) made players wear form fitting uniforms, shave (remember that one guy johnny Damon?), etc whereas the Red Sox never did. Not sure how the joke is negated, despite your best desperate attempt to troll everything I write on here, I’m thinking this Wankee offseason has got a little sand in your ham wallet and you just aren’t playing well with others.

dROK83
4 years 6 months ago

Not much different than any other type of business that might require a certain level of professionalism from its employees. How is it wrong of the organization to require such things? I mean they are paying the player’s salary, right?

metsman
4 years 6 months ago

it’s a whats called a joke. Lets be honest, the Yankees required a certain level of whitism till they found a big enough black dude that they were too scared to tell him what to do. sorry Shefield you’re just too ineffectual compared to CC. the Yankees will suck pole for a cy young no matter how long it takes

Chuck345
4 years 6 months ago

Guess I’m too late for the “wow big splash” jokes. Seems like everyone has got them covered.

ellisburks
4 years 6 months ago

How about, This is a bigger splash than a Bartolo Colon canonball in the deep end!