Carroll to KC, Meyer to Philly
Outfielder Brett Carroll has signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. Carroll played in 97 games with the Zephyrs in 2009-10, batting just .225 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI, while striking out 77 times in 347 at-bats. Carroll had spent the first seven years of his pro career in the Marlins system, and say big league time with the Fish in each of the last four years.
Another minor league free agent, left-handed reliever Dan Meyer, has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. Meyer had an excellent 2009 with the Marlins, but struggled in 2010 before being sent to New Orleans in June. With the Z’s, he limited right-handed hitters to a .214 average, while lefties batted .246 against him.
Moving on from the likes of Meyer and Taylor Tankersley, Florida continues to accumulate arms for their bullpen, trading Andrew Miller to Boston in exchange for left-hander Dustin Richardson. In 2010, Richardson split time between Triple-A Pawtucket (2.66 ERA in 32 games) and the Red Sox (4.15 ERA in 26 games).
The big trade of the week was All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla being shipped to Atlanta for Omar Infante and another young lefty, Mike Dunn, who was a key cog in the Braves’ playoff run. Dunn had a 1.52 ERA in 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett (64 strikeouts in 47.1 innings) and a 1.89 ERA in 25 games for Atlanta (27 strikeouts in 19.0 innings).