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Royals acquire OF Justin Maxwell from Astros

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Justin Maxwell gives the Royals additional outfield depth. (USATSI)
Justin Maxwell gives the Royals additional outfield depth. (USATSI)

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The Royals have acquired outifelder Justin Maxwell form the Astros, reports Ken Rosenthal of's Danny Knobler and Jon Heyman have confirmed.

Maxwell, 29, is batting .241/.311/.387 with two homers in 40 games this season. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 96 across parts of five major-league seasons.

Maxwell is capable of playing all three outfield positions. Potentially, the right-handed-hitting Maxwell could form a platoon with Jarrod Dyson in center for Kansas City, in addition to providing depth at the corners.

Per Bob Dutton, the Astros will receive minor-league right-hander Kyle Smith in return. Smith, age 20 and a fourth-round pick in 2011, has pitched to a 2.85 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 3.31 K/BB ratio across parts of two minor-league seasons. Smith reached the High-A level this season and has 194 strikeouts in 176 2/3 career innings.

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