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 t...