KANSAS CITY, MO (January 21, 2014) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Justin Maxwell for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Maxwell, 30, came to the Royals on July 31 last season in a non-waiver deadline deal with the Houston Astros. In 35 games with Kansas City, Maxwell hit .268 with five homers and 17 RBI, including a .313 average (15-for-48) and a .646 slugging percentage at Kauffman Stadium. In KC's home finale, Maxwell delivered a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Texas Rangers, 4-0, on September 22.
The signing of Maxwell leaves the Royals with two unsigned arbitration-eligible players: right-handed pitchers Aaron Crow and Greg Holland.