Yankees designate Justin Maxwell for assignment


Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have designated outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment. The writing was on the wall with this one, he was out of minor league options and the team had no room for him on the roster. A trade market never developed, I suppose. Maxwell had a huge spring and is a useful player, just not to the Yankees. He’ll likely get claimed off waivers, and yes, I know I said the exact same thing about Chris Dickerson.

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  1. Nick says:

    said the same thing about Dickerson

  2. Peter R says:

    Someone gotta take him. Still confused about George. Couldn’t swing a Kontos + Maxwell deal for a slightly better backup catcher even? Why AAA for Frankie, he not that bad?

    • Justin Maxwell's Silver Hammer (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

      All I read in the comments at RAB is that Cervelli is a piece of shit and the worst catcher in the world. Suddenly, everyone loves him.

      • Havok9120 says:

        This. I like to think they may have finally looked at his offensive numbers and realized he’s not that bad. In reality I know its just us being fans.

  3. Gerald Williams says:

    I hope he gets a chance to play somewhere…

  4. JoeyA says:

    Teams have to know we had no room for him and he didnt have any options. a team trading for Maxwell would make less sense than trading a possible BP arm for a career AAA backup catcher….oh wait…

  5. Typical MIT Nerd says:

    Maxwell is more useful than Ibanez. When he continues his decline, who is ready to step in? Instead of 12 pitchers, why not a 5th OF for a few weeks. With the depth at AAA, they could shuffle pitchers in and out if they need. I really don’t understand the failure to use the minors. If Ibanez hits, then you designate Maxwell for a pitcher if needed. If not, then you waive Ibanez and Maxwell steps in as necessary. His skills could be useful on this team.

    In the search to optimize every position, they Yankees inevitably fill too many slots with guys that have limited value. Even Chavez seems like a waste of a roster spot, with Swisher passable at 1B and moreso than a guy with speed and who’s actually needed in the field.

    • Louedwards says:

      You make too much sense. Dont ever post again…

    • Needed Pitching says:

      RE: Chavez – with the aging left side of the infield, and the need/desire to get those players rest, and with their health issues, there was little chance the Yankees did not carry 2 players who could man the left side of the infield (whether Chavez is the best option for that role, I’m not convinced, but Maxwell doesn’t solve that.

      RE: Ibanez – the role is for DH vs. RHP. Not sure Maxwell is a great fit for that role. If/when Ibanez doesn’t work out, I’m not sure they would turn to Maxwell for that role, even if he was still in the organization.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      I’m all for carrying 11 pitchers, but Maxwell is NOT more useful than Ibanez or Chavez. Those guys may not be great, but they at least bring a unique skill that fits the team. Maxwell does not. He fills the same role at Jones, but he’s not nearly as good. Of Ibanez is toast, the Yankees will just give Jones those ABs until they can swing a trade. Under no circumstance was Maxwell going to be the DH against RHP.

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      Yankees inevitably fill too many slots with guys that have limited value.

      And somehow, despite all their ineptitude, they continue to make the playoffs year after year.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Apples to oranges. Maxwell has the wrong splits to take Raul’s spot and doesn’t provide IF depth.

  6. Greg says:

    Wow! People are throwing bricks at Cashman for the Kontos trade. It might not make sense, but is it worth that kind of reaction.

  7. vin says:

    Square peg and a round hole.

  8. Justin Maxwell's Silver Hammer (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:


  9. Ac says:

    If someone claims him why didn’t team just step up and try n make a trade to get him ?

  10. AdamC6 says:

    This Stewart deal is a head scratcher unless there is something longer-term involved….like he’s a smart career minors catcher who would make a great catcher for the young pitchers once we can move him back down to AAA and bring Cervelli back. Maybe the guy even has ‘future manager’ written all over him……I’m trying to come up with a reason why you’d trade a useful RP for him….I thought we picked up Tatum to fill the role of AAA vet…..

    Agree with the “Maxwell has the wrong splits” comments — shame, but unless you’re ditching Andruw Jones, Maxwell’s potential role is already filled.

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