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Royals acquire Maxwell from Houston in trade

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Royals' GM Dayton Moore

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals today beat the trade deadline and acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros. In exchange, the Astros picked up 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, 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.

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.

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