Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/11/11
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins are closing in on signing veteran infielder Jamey Carroll, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.Carroll, 37, has spent 10 seasons in the majors, most recently with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the past two years. Carroll would provide help for a Twins infield that struggled defensively in 2011. The versatile Carroll played both second base and shortstop for the Dodgers last year, but has also played third base and the outfield as recently as 2010.According to Rosenthal, Carroll's contract would be around 7 million for two years. Carroll would be Minnesota's every-day shortstop, Rosenthal reported.This past season, Carroll played in a career-high 146 games and hit .290 with a .359 on-base percentage. He's posted an OBP of .350 or higher in each of the past four seasons. Carroll, who will turn 38 before the season begins, committed nine errors last year four at shortstop and five at second base.Ryan, who took over for Bill Smith as general manager on Monday, said earlier this week that he planned to address the shortstop position. The Twins signed Japanese star Tsuyoshi Nishioka prior to the 2011 season, but injuries and a lack of production cast a shadow on Nishioka's first season in the United States. Minnesota also saw Trevor Plouffe at shortstop, although Plouffe's defense became enough of an issue to warrant his demotion to Triple-A Rochester during the season."I think we need to create competition at that (shortstop) position. We struggled there mightily," Ryan told FOX Sports North earlier this week. "I don't think really right now you could anoint anybody out there from what we've seen. We need to create chances, choices, opportunities."The Twins also announced Friday that they signed right-handed pitcher Jared Burton and outfielderinfielder Brian Dinkelman to minor league contracts, with invites to spring training. Dinkelman, 28, played in 23 games for the Twins this season and hit .301 with four RBIs in 73 at-bats. Burton, 30, spent the past five seasons with the Reds, appearing in 164 games at the major league level. He pitched in just six games for Cincinnati in 2011.
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