Washington Nationals outfielder Brett Carroll remains in limbo after the team designated him for assignment last Saturday. Carroll was DFA’d when the Nationals needed space on the 25-man roster for center fielder Rick Ankiel, who was coming off the disabled list.
The Nationals had 10 days to try and trade Carroll and a club source said the team had been making a few calls to gauge the interest in the 29-year-old outfielder but there doesn’t appear to be anything imminent in the way of a deal.
Several teams are in search of outfield help due to injury, most notably the Boston Red Sox, who lost center fielder and American League MVP candidate Jacoby Ellsbury to a shoulder injury last week.
The Nationals would be extremely content keeping Carroll, whom manager Davey Johnson raved about all spring, in their system and would happily outright him to Triple-A Syracuse if the opportunity arises. Carroll still has until Monday before his 10-day waiting period is over and, if they haven’t traded him by then, he can be outrighted off the team’s 40-man roster.
When Carroll found out he’d made the Nationals’ 25-man roster out of spring training, the outfielder talked about the opportunity as a potentially big break in his career — one that saw him go from six years shuffling to and from the minor leagues with the Marlins to spending 2011 with three different organizations. But the addition of Xavier Nady late in camp lessened the opportunities for Carroll as a fellow right-handed outfielder.
The Nationals may still present that opportunity for Carroll if they’re able to keep him in their system and allow him consistent playing time at Triple-A. He’ll have to wait a few more days to find out what his next destination will be.