Carroll Traded To Cleveland

The Deal
The Indians acquired versatile infielder Jamey Carroll from the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named. On April 24, 2008, the Indians sent minor league righthander Sean Smith to Colorado to complete the trade.
The Big Leaguers
A minor hero in the Rockies march toward the 2007 World Series, Carroll may one day be best remembered as the man who hit the game-winning sacrifice fly that scored a stumbling Matt Holliday from third base in the 13th inning of the wild card play-in game at home against the Padres. A 14th-round pick of the Expos out of Evansville in 1996, Carroll, 34, toiled in the minors until 2002, when he earned a September callup to Montreal. The next season he embarked on a career as a big league utilityman, playing mostly second base but also some third and some shortstop. Aside from his lone postseason appearance with the Rockies, the righthanded-hitting Carroll’s career highlight occurred in 2006, when he racked up 463 at-bats for Colorado, batting .300/.377/.404 with 23 doubles and 56 walks as the club’s more-or-less everyday second baseman. He’s batted .272/.350/.353 in 1,509 big league at-bats.
The Prospects
Smith, 24, is your typical three-pitch minor hurler, acceptable but not exceptional. The recipient of a $1.1 million bonus from the Indians as a draft-and-follow in 2001, Smith touched 94 mph as an amateur at Sacramento CC, but he typically sits 88-91 as a pro. He complements the pitch with an average 12-to-6 curveball and a decent changeup. In seven pro season, Smith has gone 33-24, 3.88 with 543 strikeouts (7.0 per nine), 308 walks (4.0) and 45 home runs (0.6) in 694 innings.
Quick Take
The Rockies may have regretted not having Carroll around when their Opening-Day middle infield was wiped out before May. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went down with injury, while Jayson Nix simply went down to Triple-A Colorado Springs after not hitting. The Rockies did have a suitable Carroll replacement, though, in Clint Barmes, who is also a native Indianan.

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