by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals plugged their hole at second base by acquiring 39-year-old Jamey Carroll from the Twins. The Royals agreed to send cash or a player to be named later to Minnesota. The post-deadline deal fills the hole left by Miguel Tejada’s injury—which landed the surprisingly effective Tejada on the 15-day DL.
Carroll has struggled this season after enjoying the best year of his career last season in Minnesota. At age 38, Carroll put up a career-high 3.5 bWAR in 2012—mostly driven by excellent defense. This year, however, Carroll has hit a miserable .230/.284/.262. He pretty much looks like another version of Chris Getz. There is some hope that he might enjoy some late-season improvement. Carroll is a career .274 hitter with a .351 OBP. He knows how to take a walk. If a playoff chase can pull a little bit of the past out of him, Carroll can at least keep rallies going.
GM Dayton Moore will have to make a roster move to add Carroll. Primary candidates to get sent down are utility man Elliot Johnson—who hasn’t gotten a hit since July 6, the recently recalled Irving Falu, or a bullpen arm such as Will Smith because the Royals are currently carrying 13 relievers.
In some ways, I find myself surprised that the Royals do not give prospect Christian Colon a shot. Though the former no. 4 overall draft pick has been largely forgotten due to his slow progress through the minors, the light has seemingly come on for him in the last two months in AAA. Colon is hitting .352/.424/.580 since the AAA All-Star break and basically has been on fire since the beginning of July. Eternal 2B prospect Johnny Giavotella has also returned from the disabled list, but might not be ready to play in the field. He DH’d in his first game back in Omaha.
I doubt we’ve seen the end of the 2B base merry-go-round in KC.
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