Royals trade for infielder Jamey Carroll

Jamey Carroll is headed to Kansas City, where he'll continue to be a utility infielder.
Jamey Carroll is headed to Kansas City, where he'll continue to be a utility infielder. (USATSI)

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The Kansas City Royals have acquired utility infielder Jamey Carroll in a trade from the Minnesota Twins, the clubs announced Sunday early evening. In return, the Twins will get either cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Regardless of which option is chosen, it won't be much at all.

Carroll, 39, is hitting .230/.284/.262 with two stolen bases this season. His value comes from his ability to play second base, shortstop or third base. The Royals were looking for help in right field and at second base throughout July. They got Justin Maxwell to platoon in right field -- he's playing center now with Lorenzo Cain on the DL -- on July 31 and now they have their help at second.

After winning Sunday, the Royals are now 18-5 since the All-Star break and are only 4.5 games out of the second wild card spot.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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