According to the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is looking to give his team an “attitude adjustment” this winter by bringing in a strong clubhouse presence. Or two.
Veteran utility infielder Jamey Carroll is thought to carry that type of aura, and is known to be on the Rockies’ short list of desired free agents.
Carroll hasn’t homered since the 2009 season and will turn 38 years of age before spring training next February, but he batted .290 with a respectable .359 on-base percentage in 2011 and the Rockies feel he would fit snugly into the No. 2 spot in their lineup.
Renck calls Carroll a “winning” and “unselfish” player, perfect to turn the tide in a young clubhouse. Whether that’s fluff or not, the Rockies’ front office might believe in it.
The 10-year MLB veteran played for Colorado from 2006-2007, batting .275/.357/.370 with seven home runs and 58 RBI in 802 total plate appearances. He could start at second or third base if signed again.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.
Update (5:20 PM EST): It’s a minor league contract, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If he makes the major league roster, Saltalamacchia will earn $1.25 million with an additional $250,000 available through incentives.
The Blue Jays are close to a deal with free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet is reporting.
Saltalamacchia, 31, hit a meager .171/.284/.346 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 292 plate appearances with the Tigers this past season. With Russell Martin getting regular playing time behind the plate, Saltalamacchia will serve as his understudy, pushing A.J. Jimenez and Juan Graterol down on the depth chart.
The veteran catcher isn’t far removed from being a productive backstop. He had an .805 OPS in 70 games with the Diamondbacks in 2015 and also helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 with an .804 OPS in 121 games.