Veteran infielder Jamey Carroll is close to a deal with an unspecified club and expects to sign today or Friday (Crasnick, Jan. 9).
1:22 p.m.: Carroll will sign with the Washington Nationals (Cotillo).
The Mets could still acquire a back-up outfielder or middle infielder, depending on what happens with the shortstop market, Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis, Sandy Alderson said (Rubin, Jan. 7).
Carroll, 39, hit just .211 in in 249 plate appearances with the Twins and Royals this past season, during which he collected his 1,000th career hit. He hit .268 with a .343 OBP in 537 plate appearances, while playing shortstop, second and third in 2012.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I recall during the Winter Meetings that the Mets were among teams with interest in Carroll and Cesar Izturis, who I assume would be offered minor-league deals with a chance to compete in spring training.
If you look at the roster, there is a lot up in the air, which is sort of what Alderson is telling Rubin in that post. I mean, if Ike is traded, or they sign Stephen Drew — or both, or neither — it totally changes their needs. And, to a certain extent, this will continue through Spring Training.