Jamey Carroll is a 37-year-old impending free agent who won’t qualify for draft pick compensation and the Dodgers are 65-70, so it seemed like a no-brainer for them to trade him prior to last night’s deadline.
And they tried, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, but ultimately failed to come to an agreement with the Braves or any other interested teams. Carroll sounded disappointed, noting that “everybody” wants to play meaningful games in October while also saying all the right things about playing out the string with the Dodgers.
Dilbeck reports that the Dodgers were willing to eat the remaining $500,000 or so of Carroll’s salary just to get “a reasonable lower-level prospect in return,” so it sounds like there just wasn’t much of a market for the utility man despite his defensive versatility and .357 on-base percentage. If that’s true several contenders missed out on a nice low-cost pickup.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.