Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/16/11
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jamey Carroll is officially a Minnesota Twin. The team announced the signing Wednesday after they were reportedly closing in on a deal late last week. The 37-year-old Carroll signed a two-year contract, with a mutual option for a third year in 2014. 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. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that Carroll will be Minnesota's every-day shortstop. Earlier this month, however, Twins interim general manager Terry Ryan told FOX Sports North that he wasn't ready to give up on shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who Minnesota signed from Japan last offseason. Nishioka had a disappointing 2011 season, dealing with numerous injuries and a lack of production both in the field and at the plate. 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," said Ryan, who took over for Bill Smith as GM last 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." 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.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dwight Howard: ‘I have not asked the Rockets to trade me’

Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture

Hassan Whiteside suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn labrum

Report: Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Cavaliers showing trade interest in Kings’ Ben McLemore

Report: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard

Jim Fassel takes issue with Cam Newton's warmup MVP cleats

Report: NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

NBA to weigh adding advertisements to jerseys

ESPN, Stephen A. Smith and Little League International sued by parents of Jackie Robinson West

Kobe Bryant shoots down notion he wants All-Star MVP record

Justin Tuck will sign one-day contract to retire with Giants

Ronda Rousey returns to training

Von Miller likely to get franchise tag from Broncos

Barry J. Sanders transferring to Oklahoma State

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

USWNT start Olympic qualification in style by scoring in first 12 seconds

Magic Johnson wants Peyton Manning to join Rams

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker