Nationals trade Justin Maxwell

The Nationals traded Maryland native Justin Maxwell to the Yankees in return for Minor League right-handed pitcher Adam Olbrychowski


Maxwell was designated for assignment last Thursday to create an extra space on the 40-man roster and the Nats had 10 days to trade Maxwell, reassign him to the Minor Leagues or release him. They traded him.


Maxwell was always a hometown favorite but he never was able to transform his talent into consistent play at the Major League level. He spent time between the Minors and Majors the last two seasons and batted .201 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 122 games over three seasons (2007, 2009-10) with Washington.


Olbrychowski went 3-2 with four holds, one save and a 3.90 ERA in 32 games (one start) last season with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. During the last two seasons (2009-10), the 24-year-old is a combined 6-4 with seven holds, one save and a 3.31 ERA in 65 games/three starts at Single-A and Double-A. He was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University.


In other news, the Nats outrighted right-handed pitcher Shairon Martis to Triple-A Syracuse. Martis will be a non-roster invitee at Big League Spring Training.


They also agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Cla Meredith and infielder Alex Cora on Minor League contracts that include Spring Training invitations.


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