Carroll Acquired; Martin Is Dropped
Jamey Carroll
Jamey Carroll
Indians Ink
Posted Dec 9, 2007


The Indians have finally acquired veteran infielder Jamey Carroll from the Colorado Rockies after days of discussion. Former first-round draft pick J.D. Martin was designated for assignment to clear a spot on Cleveland's 40-man roster -- and the Indians will lose another player when they and the Rockies decide on who will go to Colorado in the deal.

Early discussions between the teams centered on right-hander Sean Smith going to the Rockies. Smith pitched in 2007 at Triple-A Buffalo and is considered one of the Indians' better pitching prospects. Cleveland's relutance to part with him led to the trade being for a "player to be named." The Rockies wanted to deal Carroll now to clear a roster spot -- believed to be filled by the signing of free agent infielder Tadahito Iguchi.

Carroll, 33, has a career batting average of .272 (410-for-1,509) with 69 doubles, 13 triples, nine home runs and 112 RBI in 580 games over six seasons with Montreal, Washington and Colorado.

He was drafted by the Expos in the 14th round in 1996 and made it to the majors with them in 2002. He scored the final run in team history before the club moved to Washington in 2005 and was renamed the Nationals. The Rockies purchased his contract before the 206 season.

In his first season in Colorado, Carroll hit .300 (139-for-463) with 23 doubles, five triples, five triples and 36 RBI in 136 games as he led all National League second basemen with a .995 fielding percentage. He is a .292 career hitter off left-handed pitching, signed through the 2008 season with a club option for 2009.

Carroll appeared in 108 games for the NL Champion Rockies in 2007 -- 60 at second base (49GS), 35 at third, 11 at shortstop and three in the outfield. He hit .225 (52-for-227) for the year with nine doubles, two homers and 22 RBI.

Martin, one of four high schoolers selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2001 draft, has battled arm injuries throughout his young career. He was the last of those prospects to be with the organization.

Right-hander Dan Denham, the 17th overall pick that year, went 47-40 in the Cleveland organization before being released last spring. Primarily as starter with Indians farm clubs, he made 16 relief appearances for Oakland Athletics minor-league teams and was again released before going 3-1 in 12 relief outings for Sarasota, the Cincinnati Reds' farm club in the Florida State League.

Right-hander Alan Horne, picked 27th that year, turned down the Indians' offer and went to the University of Mississippi, hurt his arm, transfered to the University of Florida, was picked by the Angels in the 30th round in 2004, but didn't sign, then was selected in the 11th round the next year by the Yankees. He's gone 18-13 with a 3.65 ERA in their farm system, including 12-4 this past season at Double-A Trenton.

Martin was taken No. 35 overall and the Indians also failed badly with their other pick in the first round in 2001, outfielder Mike Conroy at No. 43 overall. He hit only .248 and never got above Class A ball before being released after the 2006 season.

When healthy, Martin displayed a crackling curveball and excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio, but he has not come close to pitching a full season since working a career-high 152 2/3 innings in 2004.

In 2007, he worked only 42 1/3 innings at Double-A Akron,going 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in nine starts.

J.D. MARTIN: 2007 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER

Team W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO
Akron 2 3 4.25 9 9 42.1 42 16 23
Minor Totals 41 25 3.67 112 110 566.1 524 159 486


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