Jamey Carroll, .290 BA, 17 RBIs, 10 steals, 52 runs in 2011
Carroll might be 38 years old, but the Twins are counting on him to hold down the every-day shortstop role this season. Signed as a free agent this winter, Carroll will be entering his 11th year in the majors. Despite his age, Carroll still played a career-high 146 games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I think if you're playing that many games, you must be doing something right, so hopefully that'll be the case," Carroll said earlier this spring when asked if he thinks he can match that number of games in 2012.
Minnesota will be Carroll's fifth team of his career, as he's also played for the Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians. He's spent more time at second base throughout his career 507 games there, compared to just 207 at shortstop. But the Twins see him as the starting shortstop, with Alexi Casilla starting at second base.
While 24-year-old shortstop Brian Dozie...