The Dodgers immediately started spending the money they saved by trading Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox, committing $3.85 million over the next two years to veteran infielder Jamey Carroll, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical.
The Dodgers would not confirm the signing Wednesday night.
Carroll, who turns 36 in February, is expected to share playing time at second base with 24-year-old Blake DeWitt. The two will replace the departed Orlando Hudson, who was paid $7.99 million last season.
Carroll can receive an additional $250,000 per year in incentives based on plate appearances. DeWitt isn't expected to be paid significantly more than the major league minimum of $400,000.
Carroll could also be used to spell Casey Blake at third base and Rafael Furcal at shortstop.
In 93 games for the Cleveland Indians last season, Carroll batted .276 with two home runs and 26 runs batted in. His best season was in 2006, when he hit .300 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in a career-high 136 games for the Colorado Rockies.