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Utilityman Jamey Carroll drawing plenty of interest

Dec 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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Jamey Carroll finished 2013 with a .518 OPS, the lowest among any hitter in baseball, minimum 200 plate appearances (per Baseball Reference). Despite his anemic offensive contributions, Carroll is still drawing plenty of interest as a free agent, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Cotillo cites the Rays, Rangers, and Indians — as well as “a few more” — among those showing interest.

In recent years, Carroll has spent significant time at second base, third base, and shortstop, while also contributing as a pitcher last year with the Twins during a blowout and in the outfield with the Dodgers in 2010. Ultimate Zone Rating, found at FanGraphs, grades him as an average defender on the left side of the infield and above-average at second base.

  1. ptfu - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Every season from 2008-2012, Jamey Carroll’s OBP was .343+ to go along with playing all over the diamond. That’s pretty attractive for a utilityman, even with his awful 2013 and him turning 40.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Sounds like a good fit for the Yankees. He is old and can play second base.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Plus he can’t hit. That is important to them with infielders, apparently.

  3. drewy44 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Dodgers seem to be a fit. They lost some utility players. Carroll could fit the Punto role, without all the headfirst slides into first (and without being on-base). At least he doesn’t get picked off at 2nd, so that’d be nice.

  4. spudchukar - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Fangraphs=average defender at SS. Hahahahahahahahahahaha! And people wonder why I continue to criticize advanced defensive metrics.

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