Dodgers, Carroll agree to two-year deal

Leave a comment’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers and Jamey Carroll have come to terms on a two-year, $3.85 million contract.
It’d be a return to the NL West for Carroll, who played for the Rockies in 2006 and ’07. He spent the last two years with the Indians, posting identical .355 OBPs each year. Carroll has no power to speak of, but his defense at second base remains adequate at age 35 and he’s been just as good against righties as lefties the last couple of years.
With the Dodgers having such major payroll concerns, it seems likely that Carroll and Blake DeWitt will battle for the second base job in spring training. It’d be quite a downgrade from what Orlando Hudson offered, but going cheap would give the Dodgers more room to manuever when it comes to upgrading the rotation.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.