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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Indians - Acquired Carroll

Cleveland Indians - Acquired IF Jamey Carroll from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.

Even the best GMs in baseball don’t always crap rainbows.  Carroll’s making $2.15 million in 2008 (with a $150,000 buyout for 2009) mainly on the strength of having his career year in Coors Field, which while now observing the gravitational constant of the universe, is still a really good hitter’s park.  I can see paying retail for a utility guy if he’s a really good defensive shortstop and you need a defensive replacement, but while Carroll’s quite good at second, but he’s a stretch at short and kind of weak-armed, so I really don’t see the point.  $2 million won’t kill anyone these days, but if it’s just going to waste, teams might as well just give it to me.

Old Indian fans don’t get excited about the Avila comp (or the Bluege comp).  Carroll is being compared to a done Avila and a done Bluege - Carroll’s going to be 34 in a few months, older than one would think on first glance at his fairly small resume.

2008 ZiPS Projection - Jamey Carroll
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Projection   285 49   70 11 2   1 25 34 48   5 .246 .333 .309  
Opt. (15%)  334 66   88 16 3   3 37 44 53 10 .263 .356 .356
Pes. (15%)  264 38   57   8 1   0 19 29 53   3 .216 .297 .254
Top Comps:  Bobby Avila, Ossie Bluege

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 09, 2007 at 06:44 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 09, 2007 at 08:45 PM (#2639585)
Why was Avila done so early? Just general secondbase-itis?
   2. Ben Posted: December 10, 2007 at 03:17 AM (#2639737)
I assume this spells the end of Barfield's Indians tenure. Shapiro has a quick trigger with marginal players.
   3. The Essex Snead Posted: December 10, 2007 at 03:33 PM (#2640020)
Shapiro has a quick trigger with marginal players.

With dumping & signing marginal players, you mean?
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 11, 2007 at 01:00 PM (#2641144)
So let me get this straight...

He's a little guy, mostly a second baseman, can play the left side of the infield or the outfield if you need him to, pretty good on-base guy, no power, scrappy, not much speed.

Which makes him an older, more expensive Joe Inglett. Good thing they gave the younger, cheaper version away for free last September.

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