Potential Rays target INF Carroll signing with Nats
Update 1:25 p.m. Jamey Carroll is heading to the Nationals, according to Ken Rosenthal and Chris Cotillo.
The Rays were believed to have had interest in Carroll, the utility infielder, this offseason. Executive VP Andrew Friedman said last week they'd still be open to adding another position player for their bench, if something lined up.
Developing: Free agent veteran infielder Jamey Carroll is close to signing with an unspecfied team, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson Smith tweeted he's hearing it's between the Nationals and Indians for Carroll, who is believed to have drawn interest from Tampa Bay.
Carroll, 39, could be a fit for the Rays as a utility infielder, having played primarily second base, shortstop and third base in his 12-year career. Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said last week that they would be open to adding another position player if it worked out. And Carroll provides the kind of defensive versatility Tampa Bay often covets for its bench, having played every position but catcher and first base.
Carroll is coming off a down season, having hit .211 with 11 RBI in 73 games with the Twins and Royals. He had a pretty solid year in 2012 in Minnesota, where he was .268/.343/.317 while playing quality defense at short, second and third.