05-31-2012, 01:49 AM
Prior to the start of the season, I called
Jamey Carroll "the latest passenger on Minnesota's never-ending shortstop carousel," noting the position's instability over the past decade. As it would turn out, the veteran's ride didn't last long, as he ceased drawing regular starts at short by early May.
Granted, this had as much to do with external factors Ė most notably Danny Valencia's struggles at third Ė as Carroll's own play. But it quickly became apparent that the light-hitting 38-year-old is not suited to be a quality regular at this point in his career. Even in the short-term, the Twins knew they would have to look elsewhere for a fixture at shortstop.
They would like it be Brian Dozier. More accurately, they need
to it to be Brian Dozier.