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The Royals announced today that they have signed outfielder/designated hitter Raul Ibanez as a Major League free agent. In addition, Kansas City has also recalled infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha. In corresponding moves with the Major League roster, the Royals have designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco and outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment.
Ibanez, 42, signed with the Los Angeles Angels prior to this season, but was granted his outright release on June 21 and cleared waivers three days later. He played in 57 games for the Angels, batting .157 with five doubles, two triples, three homers and 21 RBI. Ibanez is one of two active players with 300 career home runs and 50 career triples (Carlos Beltran). The left-handed hitting outfielder spent three seasons with the Royals (2001-03), hitting .294 with 37 doubles, 24 homers and 103 RBI during the 2002 season, helping him earn the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award from the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Ibanez was also named an All-Star starter in 2009, while with Philadelphia and has participated in 44 postseason games with three different teams: Seattle (2000), Philadelphia (2009-11) and the New York Yankees (2012).
Colon, 25, was the Royals’ first-round draft pick (fourth overall) in 2010 and was hitting .296 in 74 games at Triple-A Omaha this season, with 14 doubles, 4 homers and a .360 on-base percentage. He ranks 12th in the Pacific Coast League with 48 runs scored, while his 14 steals are tied for 11th in the league. Colon was named the Omaha Player of the Year in 2013, hitting .273 with 12 doubles, 12 homers and a .335 OBP.
On Sunday, Justin Maxwell became just the fourth player in team history to hit a walk-off grand slam and the first since Joe Randa in 2001 (Cookie Rojas did it in 1974 and Rey Palacios accomplished the feat in 1990). Here’s a look at Justin’s big slam…the celebration included Royals superfan Jimmy Faseler plus shaving cream and Gatorade.
There are not too many days during the season when Alex Gordon’s name is not in the lineup but today is one of those days. Ned Yost told reporters at his afternoon press conference that Gordon is out because Alex’s wife Jamie just gave birth to a baby boy, who joins big brother Max. He noted he thought Gordon would be back in the lineup tomorrow. Congratulations to the Gordon family!
The skipper was also asked how he will use new addition, Jamey Carroll, along with Chris Getz, who was activated from the disabled list today. “We will kind of use a platoon situation but there will be days Jamey will play against certain right-handers. We will just go day-to-day. They are both solid players. They are not flashy but they do a lot of things that go unnoticed. They will move a runner or have a sacrifice. At the end of the day they will have done two or three things that you really need to do,” said Yost.
Carroll and Justin Maxwell both came from struggling teams to a team that is 18-5 since the All-Star break and is in playoff contention. Ned was asked how those guys feel about joining a winning team. “One. They were tremendously excited about the situation. Two. They were excited because they see how much fun we have. They see the style we play with and the energy and athleticism we have on the field. They are excited to be a part of it.”
Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to game three of a four-game set with the Red Sox. Yost first stated the probable return of pitcher Wade Davis and catcher Salvador Perez as they both figure to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s day game. Davis is scheduled to start on Monday against the Marlins.
Yost then discussed the importance of the trade deadline acquisition of outfielder Justin Maxwell, especially with Lorenzo Cain’s recent trip to the DL. “It’s been huge to get another right-handed batter in there, and we knew there was a possibility of this happening and so we wanted to protect ourselves with another power right-handed bat on this team and it turned out to be a pretty good deal for us.”
Yost then went on to talk of the recent surge at the plate for shortstop Alcides Escobar. “He’s been working on some mechanical issues, he’s staying more upright and his bat is staying for level through the zone. He’s able to hit the ball harder on the line up the middle and to hit to right field which is his strength. He’s been much more consistent in his mechanics right now.”
Yost concluded by giving praise to the fan support in last night’s come from behind victory. “It was amazing last night, the atmosphere and the excitement of all the fans especially in the sixth inning. You know generally you’re so focused on what’s happening in the game, you don’t hear what’s going on, but it was so loud and vibrant in the sixth inning that you stop and look around and everyone is standing, that’s a fun feeling.”
The Royals and the Red Sox meet for the sixth time this evening with Kansas City leading the season series 4-1. With a win tonight the Royals would also claim their seventh straight series victory.
By Henry Wear
The Royals today acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Kyle Smith prior to the 3 p.m. CDT non-waiver trade deadline.
Maxwell, 29, was batting .241 in 40 games for the Astros this season with 10 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs and 21 runs scored. The right-handed hitting outfielder is batting .302 with a .488 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching this year. He hit 18 homers and drove in 53 runs in 124 games with the Astros in 2012, which included a .272 batting average, .387 on-base percentage and .505 slugging percentage against southpaws. He’s in his fifth Major League season and has with 33 doubles, 29 homers and a .419 slugging percentage in 286 games with the Washington Nationals (2007, 2009-10) and the Astros (2012-13). He’s also swiped 24 bases in 31 attempts in his career. Maxwell was a fourth-round selection by the Nationals in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Maryland. He was traded to the Yankees during the offseason in 2011 and claimed off waivers by the Astros early in the 2012 season.
Smith, 20, was the Royals’ fourth-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He was 5-4 this season with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts at Class A Wilmington.