Royals trade for Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell
The Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros, the Royals announced Wednesday afternoon.
The trade, which sends minor league right-hander Kyle Smith to the Astros, was first reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal via Twitter.
Maxwell's offensive numbers through 40 games this season have been limited by a broken hand and concussion. He's batting .241/.311/.387 with two home runs, eight RBI and four stolen bases. He had better power numbers last season when he hit 18 home runs in 124 games.
Maxwell, 29, provides the Royals a right-handed option against left-handed pitchers in a collection of outfielders including Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson, Alex Gordon and David Lough. Dyson, Gordon and Lough all bat left-handed.