Royals Avoid Arbitration With Justin Maxwell

WEDNESDAY: Maxwell will earn $1.325MM next year,'s Dick Kaegel reports.

TUESDAY: The Royals have avoided arbitration with outfielder Justin Maxwell, the club announced via press release. Kansas City did not disclose the terms of the deal other than its one-year duration.

The 30-year-old Maxwell was picked up from the Astros last year just before the trade deadline. He was excellent in his 111 plate appearances for his new club, posting a .268/.351/.505 line (including five home runs) in 35 games. Maxwell's career stats, however, do not back up that performance. In 874 lifetime plate appearances over five seasons, Maxwell has a .228/.316/.430 line.

Maxwell will be eligible for arbitration two more times before qualifying for free agency after the 2016 season.

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