Martis outrighted to Syracuse
Maxwell had been designated for assignment last week when the Nationals needed to clear space on their 40-man roster. The club had 10 days to either release him, hope he passed through waivers unclaimed and then send him outright to the minor leagues or work out a trade with another club. The Yankees came calling, agreeing to acquire the 27-year-old Olney native and former University of Maryland star.
A fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft, Maxwell struggled to produce with any consistency during several stints with the Nationals over the last two years. In 122 total games, he hit .201 with nine homers and 26 RBI, though he did hit three grand slams in six career plate appearances with the bases loaded.
Olbrychowski, 24, was the Yankees' fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft out of Pepperdine University. The 6-foot-3 right-hander struggled as a starter but posted strong numbers the last two seasons as a reliever. In 32 combined games with Class A Tampa and Class AA Trenton last
year, he went 3-2 with a 3.90 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched.
Meanwhile, right-hander Shairon Martis, who also was designated for assignment last week, cleared through waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Syracuse. Martis, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009, will get a non-roster invitation to big-league camp this spring.