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Dodgers decide not to trade 37-year-old impending free agent Jamey Carroll

Sep 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jamey Carroll is a 37-year-old impending free agent who won’t qualify for draft pick compensation and the Dodgers are 65-70, so it seemed like a no-brainer for them to trade him prior to last night’s deadline.

And they tried, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, but ultimately failed to come to an agreement with the Braves or any other interested teams. Carroll sounded disappointed, noting that “everybody” wants to play meaningful games in October while also saying all the right things about playing out the string with the Dodgers.

Dilbeck reports that the Dodgers were willing to eat the remaining $500,000 or so of Carroll’s salary just to get “a reasonable lower-level prospect in return,” so it sounds like there just wasn’t much of a market for the utility man despite his defensive versatility and .357 on-base percentage. If that’s true several contenders missed out on a nice low-cost pickup.

  1. bigleagues - Sep 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Truth be told, the Dodgers were looking for a box balls, no really – a box of MLB game balls (things are that tight).

    • Jeff M. - Sep 2, 2011 at 1:06 AM

      That’s true. Ned Colletti asks fans to throw back foul balls. Just not at him.

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