Reports: Jamey Carroll To Return To Nationals On Minor League DealPosted on January 09, 2014 by Todd Karpovich
The Washington Nationals have reportedly signed utility infielder Jamey Carroll to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Carroll, 39, has historical ties to the franchise. He was a member of the Nationals for their inaugural season in 2005 and also scored the final run of the Montreal Expos Oct. 3, 2004.
He spent the 2013 season with Kansas City and Minnesota and had a slash line of .211/.267/.251 in 249 at bats. Carroll has played for seven teams during his 12-year career and has a lifetime average of .272 to go along with 13 home runs and 265 RBIs.
Washington does not have any glaring needs, and Carroll could serve as a solid insurance policy in case one of its regular starters goes down with an injury. He will likely compete with Danny Espinosa for playing time as a utility infielder. Carroll is also a reliable pinch hitter and provides another right-handed bat off the bench.
Montreal drafted Carroll during the 14th round of the MLB amateur draft in 1996. He made his major league debut in 2002.
The Nationals also reportedly signed infielder Mike Fontenot to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
Fontenot, who was originally a first-round draft pick of the Orioles' out of LSU in 2001, spent last season in the minors with Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate, the Durham Bulls, batting .264 with four home runs and 42 RBIs during 120 games. He played seven years in the major leagues with the Cubs, Giants and Phillies and has a .265 career batting average.
He will also compete for a spot as a utility infielder on the major league roster.