• Twins Trade Jamey Carroll to the Royals

    The Minnesota Twins have announced the they have traded infielder Jamey Carroll to the Kansas City Royals. He gives the Royals depth in the middle infielder. The Twins will receive a Player to be Named Later or Cash.

    Carroll signed a two-year contract with the Twins in November of 2011. The 39 year old started his stint with the Twins as their shortstop before moving over to second base. This year, he has been a utility infielder and played in a limited basis.



    I'm certain it is no coincidence that he has played quite a bit more in recent weeks, particularly at third base. Likely the Twins were trying to increase his value, maybe in an attempt to get an actually Player (to be named later) rather than just Cash.

    Trading within the division has become more commonplace for the Twins in recent years. Last year, they traded Francisco Liriano to the White Sox. Two years ago, the Twins traded Delmon Young to the Tigers. Three years ago, the Twins received Carl Pavano from Cleveland.

    The Twins have now traded the #1 and #5 players from the list I wrote at the July trade deadline of players most likely to be traded.

    This is a good situation for Carroll, a classy veteran who gets a chance to play on a competing team.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Trade Jamey Carroll to the Royals started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Second PTBNL trade for the Twins. It'll make for a couple of interesting days in the offseason when these are announced. We'll get to see what the Twins scouting department comes up with.

      (I sure hope we hear something. Cuz if not, it's just more cash.)
    1. deanlambrecht's Avatar
      deanlambrecht -
      Dang. Love Jamey Carroll. He's everything that's good about pro baseball - heart and hustle. I really hope the Royals can make it happen and give Jamey another shot at the post season.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      He seems like he would be a good coach in the organization. I think Gardy has even said as much. I hope trading him doesn't lessen the chances that happens.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      He seems like he would be a good coach in the organization. I think Gardy has even said as much. I hope trading him doesn't lessen the chances that happens.
      I agree 100%, John.
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      I agree 100%, John.
      Me too, especially since the return is difficult to predict and the roster spot opening only buys 3 weeks of looking at a prospect before sept call ups.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Who will the Twins bring up in his place? Eduardo Escobar seems like he'd be the most likely choice.
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      Exactly what I expected--Royals were looking for an INF who could help them. I hope he takes KC to the WC! Good luck to him and KC. PTBNL? Hmm, difficult to get excited about that, but somebody and a cost-cutting move by the FO! That's our Ryan!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie View Post
      Me too, especially since the return is difficult to predict and the roster spot opening only buys 3 weeks of looking at a prospect before sept call ups.
      This move is probably more about opening a slot on the 40-man for Mastro than about who replaces him on the 25-man. And probably even more about moving him to a contender, as a professional courtesy.
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      This is about the kind of trade I would of expected. The Twins have been showcasing Carroll, Thomas, and Doumit. Of course Doumit is hurt, but none of these guys seem to fit in future plans so even minimal returns make sense. I don't doubt that the Twins would trade Willingham or Morneau but I rather suspect that they want at least one of those guys back next year.

      I also think that they would move one of their relievers(maybe Deunsing) if anybody is interested. As much as many seem to want it, I would be a little surprised if they manage to move Correia or Pelfrey.
    1. MrEnthusiasm's Avatar
      MrEnthusiasm -
      Great. Our best pitcher.

      In all seriousness, good for Carroll. He'll get to play a more significant role with a team that's been playing some good winning baseball as of late. He's a smart, gutty player and he deserves to play in games that matter. If the Twins can get any kind of value for him at all at age 39, it's a good move.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Good move, I'm happy for Carroll. The guy is probably going to start a lot of 2nd base. The Royals have been starting someone even older, Miguel Tejada, along with some other misfits. Carroll will be an upgrade.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
      So predictable that you would call it a cost-cutting move, Kwak. Right.
      Well, considering that the trade cut the costs of the remainder of Carroll's contract this year and the $250,000 buyout of next year, which likely totals around $1.5M, and that the Twins will likely end up with $20,000-$50,000 in return for the trade, I'd say Kwak was just about exactly, "Right".
    1. Major Leauge Ready's Avatar
      Major Leauge Ready -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kwak View Post
      Exactly what I expected--Royals were looking for an INF who could help them. I hope he takes KC to the WC! Good luck to him and KC. PTBNL? Hmm, difficult to get excited about that, but somebody and a cost-cutting move by the FO! That's our Ryan!
      Cost cutting? You really think moving Jamie Carroll is about cost cutting. That of course is a rhetorical questions because that is ridiculous. Does it really make sense to take playing time away from others by playing Jamie Carroll at this point? Can we likely use that spot on the 40 man in ways that benefit the team in the future?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrEnthusiasm View Post
      Great. Our best pitcher.

      In all seriousness, good for Carroll. He'll get to play a more significant role with a team that's been playing some good winning baseball as of late. He's a smart, gutty player and he deserves to play in games that matter. If the Twins can get any kind of value for him at all at age 39, it's a good move.
      Exactly right. A classy guy now playing for a manager that likes crafty and crusty veterans bolstering his kiddie corps. Perfect fit at the bottom of the KC order for the Royals stretch run. Best of luck to Jamey.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Major Leauge Ready View Post
      Cost cutting? You really think moving Jamie Carroll is about cost cutting. That of course is a rhetorical questions because that is ridiculous.
      Your declarative statement doesn't necessarily make it so. Please explain further. About $1.5M saved by the Twins.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      I think it's a combination of cost cutting and a baseball move. Saving 1.5 million is okay for a team going nowhere. Getting a 39 year old off the roster makes sense for a rebuilding team.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by raindog View Post
      I think it's a combination of cost cutting and a baseball move. Saving 1.5 million is okay for a team going nowhere. Getting a 39 year old off the roster makes sense for a rebuilding team.
      You nailed it, Dog. The knee-jerk defenders over-reacted to what was probably the best business move the Twins had left with Jamey (unless maybe Jeter was declared out for the year and the Yankees were competing with the Royals).
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Moderator note: this thread spun quickly into name calling, and this needs to stop now.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Moderator note: this thread spun quickly into name calling, and this needs to stop now.
      This is a sincere inquiry as I am assuming that you might have been directing your comment at my post. Is the accurately descriptive (and neutral in my mind) term "knee-jerk defenders" considered name-calling? If so, I apologize. The original poster wondered if the move was a typical cost-cutting move by the FO and was first mocked for his thought, and then called "ridiculous" by a second poster. Are those "namecalling?"

      To wit-- Is calling someone's post the "laughingstock" of Twins Daily, name- calling?
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Exactly right. A classy guy now playing for a manager that likes crafty and crusty veterans bolstering his kiddie corps. Perfect fit at the bottom of the KC order for the Royals stretch run. Best of luck to Jamey.
      Believe it or not, but MLB is a business. Playing time? He was a reserve. The Twins will pocket that money.
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