Our own Nick Fleder wrote a great piece comparing Yankees outfielders Justin Maxwell and Chris Dickerson yesterday. Both seem like strong tools off the bench who could even be decent starters with a few teams around the league. However, the Yankees are on the verge of losing Maxwell because he is out of options and they would certainly lose him in waivers if he doesn’t make the team on Opening Day.
“It has been a long last week, but I’m trying to take it one day at a time, one pitch at a time,” Maxwell told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “You try to break it up that way. I’m just excited for the season to start, wherever that may be. Hopefully it’s here in New York.”
Maxwell has had a solid spring, but even manager Joe Girardi is having a tough time putting a positive spin on Maxwell’s chances.
“He’s had a good spring, no doubt about it,” Girardi said. “I can’t tell you what’s going to happen over the next few days, but he’s had a very good spring. Andruw has been the guy we kind of brought in for the left-handers. Maxy, we’ll continue to evaluate and see if something happens.”
A few teams have expressed interest in Maxwell including the Orioles and the Astros. There are probably others too so the Yankees should have no problem trading him. They probably won’t get a whole lot, if they’re lucky they’ll get a solid spare part that ends up being useful down the road.