Dodgers agree to deals with Jamey Carroll and Luis Ayala [Updated]
The Dodgers have found the veteran they were seeking to pair with Blake DeWitt at second base, agreeing to a two-year deal with Jamey Carroll, according to two baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical.
Carroll, who turns 36 in February, batted .276 with two home runs and 26 runs batted in in 93 games for the Cleveland Indians last season. Over eight major-league seasons, Carroll has hit .273 with 12 home runs and 174 runs batted in.
[Updated 6:29 p.m.: Carroll is guaranteed $3.85 million over the lifetime of the contract. He can earn an additional $250,000 per year based on plate appearances.]
Carroll also received two-year offers from Oakland and Cleveland, according to one source.
The Dodgers also reached an agreement today with right-handed reliever Luis Ayala on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Ayala, who turns 32 next month, will be paid $750,000 if he makes the Dodgers' major-league roster and can earn an additional $100,000 based on appearances.
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Jamey Carroll is congratulated by teammates after scoring the winning run in the 11th inning against the Dodgers during an interleague game on June 21. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times