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Updated: November 11th, 2011 2:39pm
Reports: Twins agree to two-year deal with shortstop Jamey Carroll

Reports: Twins agree to two-year deal with shortstop Jamey Carroll

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins have reportedly found an everyday shortstop.

Jamey Carroll, who has spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Twins, according to multiple reports. Fox's Ken Rosenthal is reporting the deal is worth approximately $7 million total.

The Twins had a revolving door at shortstop last year en route to a 99-loss season. Alexi Casilla opened the season at short, while Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Trevor Plouffe also had opportunities to grab the job but never did.

Carroll, who will turn 38 on Feb. 18, broke into the big leagues in 2002 with Montreal and also has played for Colorado and Cleveland. Last season, he hit .290 with a .359 on-base percentage and .347 slugging average with no home runs and 17 RBI in 146 games and 452 at-bats.

Carroll is a career .278/.356/.348 hitter with 12 home runs and 214 RBI in 2,974 at-bats.

Perhaps most importantly for a Twins team that was ravaged by injuries last season, Carroll has been on the disabled list only once in his career -- a 37-day stint in 2009 with a broken hand.

Carroll played 81 games (57 starts) at second base and 66 (54 starts) at shortstop last season for the Dodgers while making $2.3 million. He made four errors in 214 chances at shortstop.

Carroll's contract would be the first major move made since Terry Ryan replaced Bill Smith as general manager on Monday. Ryan, the Twins GM from 1994 to 2007, has taken the role on an interim basis.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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