Dodgers, Carroll agree to two-year deal

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FOXSports.com’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.

Kendrys Morales pitched a scoreless inning Sunday

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Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.

Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.

Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.

On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.