The Washington Nationals traded OF Justin Maxwell, who was designated for assignment late last week, to the New York Yankees in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Adam Olbrychowski, according to multiple sources.
Olbrychowski, a 24-year old converted starter, has three total appearances in Double-A over the last two seasons, facing a grand total of 23 batters. In four minor league seasons, Olbrychowski is 16-17, 4.17, 1.490, with two saves in 100 appearances and 35 starts. He has pitched primarily out of the bullpen the last two seasons.
The righty has put up decent strikeout numbers everywhere he's pitched in the Yankees system, collecting 7.2 Ks per nine in his career thus far, but has also been plagued by walks, giving up 4.5 per nine.
There must be something Mike Rizzo sees in Olbrychowski, but I'm having a tough time identifying it. This is a 24-year old failed starter that has been doing mop-up duty in Single-A the last two years.
I suppose it's better to get something for Maxwell instead of just losing him to waivers, but it sure doesn't look like there was much return at all for a player that at the very least could be a competent bench player and defensive replacement in the Major Leagues.