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Nationals release Jamey Carroll

Mar 25, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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Washington released 40-year-old Jamey Carroll, who was competing for the utility infielder job on a minor-league contract.

Carroll looked just about done for the Twins and Royals last season, hitting .211 with a .518 OPS in 73 games while struggling to control the strike zone for the first time in his career. He’s also no longer really a legitimate option defensively at shortstop, which makes him ill-suited for a true utility man role.

However, assuming that he wants to keep playing at age 40 there should be some team that likes Carroll’s veteran-ness enough to give him a look. Back in January he reportedly had multiple offers before deciding on the Nationals.

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  2. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Even if this is the end of the road for him, he’s put together a pretty nice career for a guy who didn’t make it to the majors until he was 28. Got on base and provided solid defense at 2B/3B/SS.

  3. spudchukar - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    He’s better than Justin Turner, the Dodgers ought to be checking him out.

  4. natstowngreg - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Dan Kolko of MASN with the Nats’ moves, and Matt Williams’ comments:
    http://www.masnsports.com/nationals_pastime/2014/03/nats-cut-carroll-young-moore-mattheus-and-cedeno-barrett-makes-roster.html

    Yes, the buzz had been Carroll or Tyler Moore for the last bench spot. Of the bench alternatives:

    – The idea of keeping 3 catchers, using Wilson Ramos as a PH on days Jose Lobaton starts, is one I hadn’t heard of. I suppose Wilson could also DH a couple of games in AL parks (Baltimore, Oakland, Seattle this season). It might work, if you understand that Ramos needs to remain healthy, and little PT or offensive production should be expected of Sandy Leon.

    – Jeff Kobernus would be the third 2B, but can also play the OF. His main contribution might be as a pinch-runner.

    – With teams making final cuts, the option of getting signing, or making a minor trade for, someone else is a real possibility.

    As for the pitching, the only surprise is Aaron Barrett making the bullpen. Ryan Mattheus still needs to improve, health-wise and Chris Young was an outside candidate.

  5. straightouttavtown - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    A lot of teams could do worse than getting this guy as their utility man. He never had any power (his OBP is higher than his slugging percentage), but he had poor seasons before and bounced back to a normal level. I wouldn’t rule out a mini-resurgence if he is put into a good situation.

  6. metrocritical - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    And the Tigers will be signing him to play SS any minute now.

  7. metrocritical - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Any minute now the Tigers will announce that they’ve signed him to start at shortstop.

  8. gatherspeed - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Root for this guy. One of the last Expos standing.

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