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Jamey Carroll close to signing with Nats

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.

19 comments
Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I would prefer the mets to get a major league startin shortstop and have tejeda be the back up middle infielder. I don't want some old guy who bats 190. If the mets do go w tejeda at short, then quantinilla should be the backup infielder

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Probably turn into a Met killer with some key hits or great plays. Yeah he will bat .450 against the Mets and .195 against everybody else.


thenymets
thenymets

A bench signing for another team? Is this really what Metsblog is reporting about?

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i do not know if Washington would trade with us. But why not ask them for their former 2b who can also play good ss. Espinosa

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Why is this news?  It's a nothing signing for another team?  

Metsnow
Metsnow

Big deal...Carroll is 39 and a 211 hitter.....They really should have kept Turner what surely seems like a political thing. Tejada should be the back up anyway!!!!!

chasesimms
chasesimms

He's 39 years old and that .211 average is Mets material.  Sign him up!

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

I am not for Cesar Itzuris but as a backup ok for little money like 500k to backup Tejada . for a one year or less issue not a fulltime at all

mets2014
mets2014

I just heard it is between the Indians and the nationals

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

for a back up 2b / ss / pinch runner who is cheep - id go with Alexi Casilla

Hodges14
Hodges14

Why not just keep Turner?  Do they think Carroll is going to be any better?

sylow59
sylow59

@thenymets I especially liked how Matt updated his comments after the news of the signing.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

@Hodges14lord and master Sandy does not believe Turner is hustling. jeeze


rben
rben

Because Turner was arbitration eligible and Carrol would be a minor league veteran minimum.  Every dollar saved helps

Hodges14
Hodges14

@metstastic @Hodges14 rrrriiiiiggggghhhhhtttt.  Turner didn't hustle and no one noticed or said anything until after he was non-tendered.