Via MLBTR, the Yankees have acquired recently DFA’d outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Washington Nationals. It’s not a huge move for the Yankees, but the 27-year-old Maxwell adds depth to the Triple A outfield rotation and may even become the Yanks fifth outfielder. Maxwell is described as ‘extremely athletic,┬ápossessing┬áthe ability to play all three outfield positions’. The Yankees will send pitcher Adam Olbrychowski to Washington.

Going into 2010, Maxwell was the eighth rated prospect in the Nationals organization. Maxwell has only produced 260 big league plate appearances, smacking nine home runs while posting a line of .201/.319/.379. Last season, Baseball America coined Maxwell as a ‘physical specimen with plus athleticism’. Maxwell had Tommy John surgery this off-season, but he should be ready to go for Spring Training.

Maxwell has one minor league option left, which is great. The Bombers won’t have to send him to waivers if he doesn’t start the season in New York. Maxwell is another prime example of how the Yankees are looking to shore up their bench. Maxwell is considered to be a more talented player than Greg Golson or Colin Curtis, so applaud the Cashman for making small moves necessary to improve the club .