Following Sunday’s 4-3 win against Boston, the Royals announced they had acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Twins for a player to be determined later or cash considerations.
The move came hours after the Royals placed infielder Miguel Tejada on the disabled list.
“Losing Miggy kind of put a hole over there for us right now,” manager Ned Yost said. “Jamey Carroll is a pro’s pro. He’s a very solid player. Hits left-handed pitching very well. Can play second, can play third, can play short, in that order. Those are about his best positions. Will give you a really quality at-bat.”
Carroll, 39, is hitting .230 this season with six doubles in 58 games. Carroll, who bats right-handed, is hitting .325 against left-handers this season.
“We’ll play him at second and on days when Moose (Mike Moustakas) needs a break, we can play him at third,” Yost said. “I imagine that Chris Getz will be back in the very near future. We’ll have a nice platoon at second and we can provide opportunities to give Moose a break at third, because he’s a very proficient third baseman, too.”
Getz is eligible to come off the disabled list today, and Yost was quick to say that Carroll will bat some against right-handers.
The Royals, who are 41/2 games back in the wild-card chase, made the move to shore up a position that has lacked production this season. Royals second basemen are 13th in the American League in average (.228) and 14th in on-base percentage (.277), ahead of only the Blue Jays, who are last in the East.
Carroll, who has a career .274 average in 11 seasons, will be placed on the Royals’ 40-man roster today. The Royals will make a corresponding roster move then.
“I just hope I can go there and contribute in a positive way,” Carroll told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “I know the team is playing extremely well right now. They’ve got a bunch of good young guys and some great pitching. So it should be pretty exciting to get over there and get in that clubhouse. I’ve been seeing it from across the way the last couple of weeks. It will be fun to get in there and, hopefully, contribute in a positive way.”
Carroll is owed nearly $1 million this year and there is a club option for 2014 worth $2 million with a $250,000 buyout. If Carroll gets 401 plate appearances this season, the team option becomes a player option. Carroll currently has 206 plate appearances.
One other note about Carroll: He has a career 0.00 ERA after mopping up Monday in the Royals’ 13-0 win over the Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Carroll retired Elliot Johnson, Moustakas and George Kottaras on nine pitches.