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The Nationals sign Jamey Carroll

Jan 9, 2014, 1:24 PM EST

The Boy Wonder reports:

 

Carroll can’t hit a lick anymore, it seems — he went .211/.267/.251 last year — but he’s still useful defensively. He’s able to play third and short adequately and is an above-average second baseman.

He’ll turn 40 around the time position players are to report for spring training.

  1. natstowngreg - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Jamey Carroll was a popular 2005 Nat, despite his .251/.333/.284/.617 line in 113 games. As with Mike Fontenot and Will Rhymes, one hopes he just serves as organizational depth.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Ever since I read that several teams were interested in him, I have been awaiting this momentous occasion with muted enthusiasm.

  3. sumerduckman - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    One of the problems the Nats had in winning games last year was lack of offense from their bench players.

    This is an improvement?

    • spudchukar - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Jamey Carroll is a much better offensive player than indicated here. Sure 2013 was an off year for him and at 39 one can wonder if his talent isn’t diminishing, but he is a lifetime .272 hitter, with a .349 OBP.

      Plus he has experience in the outfield too, so while he doesn’t have much power, he isn’t an offensive liability.

      • blovy8 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Carroll’s pinch-hitting contact numbers look pretty good too. It’s an adequate replacement for what Lombardozzi brought the past couple of years. Now if you think the Nats should have someone better around, they’d have to trade for that player, and I’d rather take a shot on Walters than trade someone useful from a mediocre minor league system at the moment. Expecting a quality middle infield free-agent backup at this point is not realistic. If nothing else Carroll, pushes Espinosa to actually have to win a job and not just be the default guy. Fontenot is pretty similar at 2nd, though a little further away from being a starter. The real trick will be getting a better corner guy than Tyler Moore

  4. blovy8 - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    These are the kinds of guys you need around at AAA so you don’t get stuck with a player on the active roster who actually costs you games when you play him. And it’s a bit of competition, so that Espinosa isn’t just handed the utility job without demonstrating some reasonable hitting skill. Rizzo would have no leverage in any deal or further bench moves if he didn’t have some depth like these fellows.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    He’ll turn 40 around the time position players are to report for spring training.

    Then he’ll turn 41 when Spring training is over and 42 by the All-star break. Or at least it will seem like it.

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