Astros claim OF Maxwell
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Sunday the club has claimed outfielder Justin Maxwell off waivers from the New York Yankees. Maxwell will report to the Astros on Monday, at which time the team will make a corresponding move.
Maxwell will give the Astros a right-handed option off the bench in the outfield, something they’ve been without since trading Jason Bourgeois. The Astros currently have four outfielders on their roster, though infielders Brian Bixler and Matt Downs can play the outfield.
Maxwell, 28, spent his entire 2011 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees system, hitting .260 with 16 home runs and 31 RBIs. He appeared in 27 games for the Yankees this spring, hitting .310 with 11 RBIs before being designated for assignment on Wednesday. Maxwell has appeared in 122 Major League games in his career, all coming with Washington (2007, 2009-10). He’s played all three outfield positions in his Major League career, including 57 games in center field.
With the acquisition of Maxwell, the Astros 40-man roster now stands at 39.