Exclusive: Dodgers are about to lose Jamey Carroll
The Dodgers are on the precipice of losing their favorite little super utility player, Jamey Carroll, the Los Angeles Times has learned.
Carroll is close to signing a multiyear deal with another team, sources said Friday. They didn't say which team.
Carroll, who will be 38 in February, is coming off a two-year, $3.85-million contract with the Dodgers. Due to team injuries, he played more like a starter, batting .290 in 803 at-bats during his two seasons with the Dodgers.
Now Carroll reportedly wants a starting position, and despite his success in Los Angeles and an opening at second base, the Dodgers are apparently not looking at Carroll as a regular.
The Colorado Rockies, one of the veteran’s previous teams, were reportedly interested in signing Carroll but were thought to be balking at an asking price that approached the two-year, $8-million deal signed by light-hitting infielder Omar Infante with the Marlins. The Braves have also shown interest in Carroll.
The Dodgers don’t have an obvious in-house candidate to start at second base. They could re-sign free agent Aaron Miles, another utility player last season. Otherwise they're looking at bringing in a free agent. Justin Sellers is a candidate for a utility role.
On Thursday the Dodgers lost catcher Rod Barajas to Pittsburgh.
— Dylan Hernandez, reporting from State College, Pa., with Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Jamey Carroll. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.