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Kansas City Royals: Justin Maxwell Designated For Assignment


The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have designated outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment. In his place, the Royals have bumped up pitcher Casey Coleman.

Maxwell has under performed since the Royals nabbed him from the Houston Astros last season. In 2013, Maxwell hit five home runs and also hit the famous grand slam to end the Royals’ home stand and keep their possible playoff hopes alive (which sadly, never happened). He also had 26 hits and scored 14 runs last season.

This season has not been good to Maxwell. He signed a one-year deal with Kansas City, but hasn’t lived up to the success he had as a Royal last year. He’s batting 1.38 and has struck out 15 times with only four hits and four runs.

Many thought that Mike Moustakas was on thin ice and would be sent to Omaha soon. Moustakas had two doubles the other night against the Colorado Rockies, which quite possibly secured his spot on the roster, at least for a few more weeks.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Kansas City Royals are promoting Casey Coleman to the majors. It’s no secret that the Royals have been looking to add another reliever to the bullpen so bringing Coleman to Kauffman makes sense.

Coleman spent three years with the Chicago Cubs, but has not pitched in the majors since 2012. He signed with Kansas City in April. Coleman has done all right in Omaha appearing in 12 innings with nine strikeouts, five walks, and three runs.

The Royals’ roster took a hard hit earlier this week, as Omar Infante was put on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Hopefully the decision to designate Maxwell for assignment will pay off in the long run.

What do you think of the Royals decision to designate Justin Maxwell for assignment and to bring Casey Coleman to the majors?

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Editor’s Note – Earlier I had on here that Justin Maxwell was being sent to Omaha. Completely my bad and I apologize for false information. The mistakes have been corrected.

Tags: Casey Coleman Justin Maxwell Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas Omar Infante

  • RBTGT

    The Royals did not send Justin Maxwell to Omaha. He was dfa’ed.

    The ONLY way Maxwell might end up in Omaha is if he clears waivers without any Major League team claiming him, something that is very unlikely to happen. And, that’s IF he would accept the assignment–if the Royals even offered him that option once he cleared waivers, which is no guarantee, either.

    The writer clearly does not understand what designated for assignment means.

    • Leigh Oleszczak

      My apologies, totally misunderstood the news. It has been corrected.

  • sascoach2003

    Never have quite understood Maxwell. I saw him A LOT during the 2012 season as a starter with the Astros. Better than average speed and glove, power, and even though a high strikeout rate, he seems to have cut down on that. Seemed good in the clutch, too. I think he just needs full-time at-bats, however, that’ll be hard. Some guys don’t adjust to coming off the bench.

    • Leigh Oleszczak

      I liked him a lot with the Royals and I honestly didn’t feel like he was given much of an opportunity this season. Butler is clearly the Royals’ DH, but I feel like Maxwell should have been given a shot to fill that role.

      I doubt Maxwell bats again as a Royal, but I wish him luck wherever his career takes him.