Veteran infielder Jamey Carroll is the kind of player who is a luxury for a good team. Slotted into the right role as a reserve player, he can still be useful at age 39. But if you’re looking to count on him for a bigger role, it is probably not a good sign. That’s a lesson learned in recent years by the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers (under their old management and before their big spending days, of course).
A free agent, Carroll has received multiple offers and will make a decision soon. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has the report:
Jamey Carroll’s agent, Jonathan Maurer (@MSMsports), says the free-agent infielder is evaluating teams and offers. Decision could come soon.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 4, 2014
Where he was once a solid contact hitter, Carroll’s bat is pretty quiet at this stage of his career. In 2013 he batted .211/.267/.251 in 73 games. He divided his time up between the Twins and the Royals. Playing in more meaningful games for Kansas City, he still didn’t do much, batting a meager .111 in those 14 games.
Teams value veteran leadership and versatility, so even after such a bad season, somebody will be pleased to add Carroll on a cheap deal.
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