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The Kansas City Royals are not against making moves this late in the season if it will help them stay in contention for a postseason berth. They are looking not only to finish above .500 for the first time since 2003, but to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. In that vain, they acquired Jamey Carrol from the Minnesota Twins yesterday.
The #Royals have acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Twins in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 11, 2013
While the move to land Carroll is not a blockbuster, it give the Royals more depth without them having to give up much of anything. Carroll is a veteran, and he can bring a lot to the table for Kansas City. Specifically, he can be used virtually anywhere on the infield. The Twins had been using him primarily at third base.
Carroll's offensive numbers this year are nothing to get excited about, but he has been a 17.2 WAR player in his career. Unfortunately, he has account for -0.5 WAR with the Twins this season. The Royals hope that will turn around when he begins play with them.
Carroll is hitting .230/.284/.262. He is playing in his 12th Major League season Obviously as time has gone by, Carroll's skills have diminished, but he was a good player in his career. Overall, he is a .274/.351/.340 hitter. If he can recapture any of that lost magic and get on base frequently for the Royals, the trade will be a success.
Kansas City is 61-54. They are 7.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central, but they are only 4.5 games out of a Wild Card berth. In both cases, they will have to leap frog teams including the Cleveland Indians. Carroll's addition may help them do that.
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