Maxwell agreed Tuesday to a contract with a Mexican League club, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell's on-field production took a significant downturn in 2018, with the catcher slashing .219/.300/.281 in 200 plate appearances at Triple-A Nashville and faring even worse in a smaller sample at the big-league level. He was also sentenced to two years' probation last July stemming from an offseason arrest on a gun charge, an incident that may have contributed to the lack of interest he received from MLB teams this winter. The 28-year-old will now look to jumpstart his career south of the border.
Maxwell was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell will report to the Sounds after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old backstop has spent the majority of the season in the minors, slashing .219/.300/.281 across 51 games with Triple-A Nashville. He owns a career .240/.314/.347 line across 127 major-league games.
Maxwell was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell, who has been in the minors since early June, had a season to forget with a .182/.207/.309 slash line in 18 games with Oakland. The 27-year-old didn't look much better at Triple-A Nashville, slashing .219/.300/.281 in 178 at-bats.
Maxwell was sent down to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell was moved in order to make room for Paul Blackburn (forearm) on the active roster prior to his scheduled start against Kansas City on Thursday. Through 18 games with the Athletics this year, Maxwell has hit just .182/.207/.309 with one home run and six RBI. Look for him to spend the foreseeable future with the Sounds while he attempts to figure things out.
Maxwell went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.
Maxwell hit his first home run of the season in the top of the seventh inning to chase starter Jason Hammel, and he had his first multi-hit game of the season as well. The 27-year-old has a .182/.207/.309 line in only 55 at-bats overall.
Maxwell was reinstated from the restricted list Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell is back with the A's after his pending legal issues prevented him from traveling with the team to Toronto over the weekend. Maxwell, who is hitting a lackluster .211/.244/.316 through 13 games (41 plate appearances) this season, will resume his role as Oakland's backup catcher, while Josh Phegley was sent back to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.
Manager Bob Melvin said Maxwell will be placed on the restricted list when the A's travel to Toronto for a four-game series Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell is unable to travel with the team due to his pending legal issues, but he'll be able to avoid a demotion to the minors -- which would require him to stay with Triple-A Nashville for a minimum of 10 days -- while temporary landing on the restricted list. Josh Phegley will be recalled from Nashville on Thursday to serve as the team's backup catcher against the Blue Jays. Maxwell should be back with the A's on Tuesday when the team returns home to begin a series against the Mariners.
Maxwell, who won't travel to Toronto for the Athletics' upcoming four-game series against the Blue Jays due to his pending legal issues, might avoid getting sent down to Triple-A Nashville when the team adds another catcher, Susan Slusser of SFGate.com reports.
The most likely course of action remains a demotion to the Sounds, but as per MLB rules, Maxwell would have to remain there a minimum of 10 days. The team would prefer to avoid that scenario, so Slusser reports they are investigating the possibility of placing him on the restricted list instead. In the past, players with visa issues have occasionally been allowed to carry that designation, but it remains to be seen if the fact Maxwell's travel ban stems from a pending legal matter will nullify that option.
Maxwell is not expected to travel to Toronto with the team for their four-game series against the Blue Jays that begins Thursday due to his pending legal issue, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell reached a plea agreement on April 13 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct in connection with an Oct. 28, 2017 incident in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, he's yet to be sentenced, and because the original charges involve the use of a gun, he's ineligible for entry into Canada based on the country's immigration policy. Moreover, Maxwell will have to miss much more than just the Blue Jays series if the Athletics add another catcher in his stead, as that would require Maxwell be sent down to Triple-A Nashville for a minimum of 10 days. Both veteran Josh Phegley and promising prospect Beau Taylor are considered candidates for a callup.
Maxwell reached a plea agreement with the State of Arizona following his arrest in October, pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, and he'll be placed on probation with a requirement of community service, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
It remains a possibility that the league office could hand Maxwell a suspension stemming from this incident, as MLB typically waits until all criminal proceedings have been completed before ruling. The catcher previously pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated assault after he reportedly waved a gun at a food delivery person. Even if levied with a suspension, it isn't expected to be a lengthy one. Expect Maxwell to continue serving as the reserve catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy.
Maxwell went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk and a run in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Rangers.
The reserve catcher saw action for only the second time in the first seven games, and his second-inning double to deep left center opened the scoring on the night. Maxwell figures to see occasional action against right-handed arms in 2018 behind starter Jonathan Lucroy, although the presumed eventual return of Josh Phegley (fingers) could force a further reduction in playing time or a potential reassignment to Triple-A.
Maxwell went 1-for-2 in Tuesday's 8-2 Cactus League loss to the Dodgers.
The single pushed Maxwell's spring average to .313 over 34 plate appearances, a figure that's partly comprised of a pair of home runs. Despite the small sample and general caveat regarding spring training numbers, it's nevertheless an encouraging overall performance for the 27-year-old backstop, who's in line to serve as a left-handed reserve option behind Jonathan Lucroy to open the season. Dustin Garneau, the only other healthy catcher currently on the roster in the wake of Josh Phegley's recent finger fractures, has managed just one hit in 15 exhibition plate appearances.
Maxwell (head) is starting at catcher and batting eighth Monday against the White Sox.
As expected, Maxwell is set to return to the Athletics' lineup after sitting out over the weekend with a minor head injury. Barring anything unforeseen happens in camp, Maxwell is projected to open the season on the strong side of a catching platoon with the likes of either Josh Phegley or Dustin Garneau.
Maxwell will rejoin the Athletics' starting lineup Monday against the White Sox, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell was struck in the head by a backswing during Friday's contest but fortunately avoided any serious damage and will make his way back to the field after just two days off. He lines up to occupy the Opening Day catcher role for the A's this season.
Maxwell (head) is not dealing with a concussion, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Maxwell was removed from Friday's contest prematurely after getting hit in the head by a backswing, but it seems like he avoided the worst-case scenario in this instance. Given this report, he'll likely be able to return to game action relatively soon.
Maxwell (head) said that he's feeling fine following Friday's spring training game, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Maxwell left Friday's contest after getting hit in the head by a backswing, but he jokingly told reporters following the game "I'm not dead, guys." That's certainly a good sign, but a more official update of his status should come forth in the next day or two.
Maxwell left Friday's spring game after getting hit in the head by a backswing, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell was replaced by Sean Murphy after exiting the field with a trainer. At this point the greatest cause of concern is the possibility of a concussion, especially since Maxwell missed a couple days in September after taking a ball off his mask. Expect an update on his status following Friday's game.
Maxwell reported to the Athletics' facilities in Arizona on Tuesday for the start of spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Maxwell's attendance is notable given that his legal situation remains unresolved after he was arrested Oct. 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz. on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct for allegedly pointing a gun at a food-delivery person. After failing to settle for a plea agreement Monday, Maxwell is next scheduled to attend a conference to address the matter April 13, with a Aug. 9 trial date looming if a plea deal isn't reached beforehand. Until Maxwell's legal case concludes, Major League Baseball is unlikely to levy punishment on the 27-year-old, who is projected to serve as the Athletics' primary catcher in 2018.
A's GM David Forst said earlier in the week that Maxwell remains the team's primary catcher despite his legal issues, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "We're expecting Bruce to ready to go the first day of spring training and to be with us," Forst said. "I'm not getting involved in the legal side of this, but no one has said anything to me that makes me believe he won't be ready to go."
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault stemming from allegations that he waved a gun at a food delivery person. A trial date has not been set and the belief is that the case will ultimately end in a plea deal before spring training, with Maxwell serving no jail time. Major League Baseball could issue a suspension after the legal process plays out, but it doesn't sound like the A's expect a lengthy ban, if there is one at all. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will platoon with Josh Phegley or Dustin Garneau behind the plate in Oakland.
Maxwell was arrested on a gun charge over the weekend in Arizona, TMZ Sports reports.
A food delivery person alleged that Maxwell pointed a gun at her, and he is reportedly being held in custody as he awaits an appearance before a judge. He could face a suspension from MLB if the allegation is verified. Maxwell is in line to enter the 2018 season as Oakland's primary catcher, with Josh Phegley getting starts against lefties.
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