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Royals acquire Jamey Carroll from Twins

Aug 11, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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Via the Royals official Twitter, the team has acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Carroll has been used mostly at third base by the Twins this year, but has a lot of experience at second base and shortstop as well.

Carroll, now 39 years old, has posted a meager .546 OPS and -0.5 WAR this year, so he won’t be to the Royals what Marco Scutaro was to the Giants, but he can make a spot start in a pinch and he can also be used as a defensive substitution late in ballgames.

Carroll is earning $3.75 million this year and has a $2 million club option with a $250,000 buyout remaining on his contract.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Before people downplay this, remember that Carroll has led the league in GRIT before and has already accumulated 3.4 GRIT this year alone.

    The motherfucker is gritty.

    • Reflex - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      If that were true he’d already be a Dback. Sounds like his grit this year might just be a fluke.

      • dondada10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Fluke? Do you remember his ’06 for that Rockies team? He challenged Jason Kendall’s all-time mark of 10.2 GRIT set in 2001. That’s the year Kendall stole 13 bases despite being thrown out 14 times. Do you know how white and gritty you have to be for that shit to be considered okay?

      • moogro - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Twins love grit. They were rolling in his grit.

      • Cris E - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        He is 4 hits away from 1000 in his career. Maybe Dayton picked him up for the inevitable surge in ticket sales as fans try to time the date Jamie reaches that lofty total.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      If he brings the grit, who brings the collard greens?

  2. kcrobert10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I have a problem with this move on multiple level. My biggest one is our fourth overall pick christan colon who has been really hot in AAA is still stuck there. Why draft him there give him millions of dollars and then when we need him for a playoff race not use him. We could of drafted Chris sale like I wanted to and had an ace. Then we wouldn’t of have to traded will myers. Mr Moore needs to answer for these decisions.

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM


    Your bigger problem is thinking the Royals are in a playoff race. Last I checked, they were 7.5 games out of the division and 5th in the wild card chase. Plus, you know, they’re the Royals.

    • huddleup22 - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      You’re an idiot, sir. The Royals are most definitely in the playoff race you moron. We’re only 4 games out in the L column for WC2, and only 5 (maybe 4 if Dodgers beat Rays tonight) of WC1. KC has one of the easiest remaining schedules for all the wildcard contenders only playing 21 teams over .500 (12 against Detroit and 6 against Cleveland). With the way we’ve been playing, I wouldn’t be surprised to take 9 from Detroit and 5 from Cleveland. Time to start realizing that the Royals are legit.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        They are definitely in the race, but it is better when no one takes them seriously.

      • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        The AL West teams have easier schedules. The Rangers have 16 games with teams over .500 and the A’s have 19. The AL East teams have it a little tougher by this metric, with the Yankees gamely keeping their heads above .500 and 2.5 back of the Royals and three teams in better position than the Royals.

      • Cris E - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        On the other hand, what the hell?

        Legit or not, if you’re going to make a move for the stretch run there should be a notion that you’ve fixing or adding something. The big move for GMDM? A low profile utility infielder with big hit and run skills and no post-season experience. The cost was low and Carroll is by all accounts a stand-up family guy that KC is going to love, but what’s the purpose here, cheap theater to indicate urgency?

      • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Funny. Royal fan optimism. Good for you, huddleup. But, if you think that KC will take 9 of 12 from Detroit and 5 of 6 from Cleveland, please pass along some of that good stuff you’re smoking.

        Look on the bright side, though. On October 1, your Chiefs will already be out of the playoffs, too.

    • kcrobert10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Well I don’t have to point out you have no clue what your talking about everyone else did that for me. You fans of other teams better start to realise that this royals team is young and good. They have lots of talent still in the minors to. So my bet they will make playoff runs for yrs yes I said it many more yrs to come.

  4. 1twinsfan - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Clearly, the Royals saw Carroll’s outstanding performance on the mound last week. Third, short, second and can pinch pitch? He’s a bargain. This guy will be a manager one day.

  5. Rick Cosmo - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    wow..Carroll’s 7th team

  6. lew24 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I’m glad KC decided to add Carroll as another arm out of the bullpen!

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