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Dodgers sign Jamey Carroll to a two-year deal

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Contract calls for the veteran free-agent infielder to be paid $3.85 million. Club also signs reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal.

December 17, 2009|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Second baseman Jamey Carroll gets high-fives from Cleveland teammates after scoring the winning run against the Dodgers in a game last season.
Second baseman Jamey Carroll gets high-fives from Cleveland teammates… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

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.

An eight-year veteran, Carroll has a career average of .273 with 12 home runs and 174 RBIs.

The Indiana native turned down more lucrative two-year offers from Oakland and Cleveland, according to one source.

The Dodgers on Wednesday also signed right-handed reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to major league spring training camp.

Ayala, who turns 32 next month, will be paid $750,000 if he makes the Dodgers' roster and can receive an additional $100,000 based on appearances.

Ayala was 1-5 with a 5.62 earned-run average for the Minnesota Twins and Florida Marlins last season. The native of Mexico was released by the Twins in July and designated for assignment by the Marlins in August.

dylan.hernandez@latimes.com

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