The Oakland A’s probably don’t have an advanced metric to measure a players likeliness to suddenly become unhinged. If they did, they might have been able to avoid the situation that unfolded with catcher Bruce Maxwell.
On Sunday, news broke that Maxwell was in police custody for pointing a gun at a delivery woman at his Scottsdale, Arizona home.
Maxwell was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and disorderly conduct.
About 12-hours later, the A’s released an official statement via their Twitter account.
Details surrounding the arrest remain sketchy, and it is not yet known whether Maxwell was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
The arrest could have serious implications on Maxwell’s future in Major League Baseball. In a society that values talent over everything else, a player that slashed .237/.329/.333 with three home runs over 76 games last season can’t afford to have any slip-ups off the field.
With a number of defensive wizards capable of hitting above the Mendoza line on the free agent market, or on the trading block, this could lead to Maxwell being released from the A’s organization.
With months before they need to make any real decisions, expect Oakland to take their time and gather all the details before making a decision on Maxwell’s future with the team. But with his status already tenuous because of his performance, a run in with the law won’t ingratiate him to ownership or the general manager.
Maxwell first made headlines earlier this season when he became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem.