Reds Interested Carroll, Lowry

Reds GM Walt Jocketty confirmed his interest in free agent infielder Jamey Carroll and left-handed starter Noah Lowry with's Mark Sheldon.

While Jocketty said that the organization has not discussed Carroll "at length," he acknowledged that he admires his hard-nosed play. 

Carroll would be slotted into shortstop, where defensive-minded Paul Janish plays.  However, Jocketty insisted that he is not looking to squeeze Janish out of the picture, as both he and manager Dusty Baker value his glove.  In 82 games this season, the light-hitting 27-year-old turned in a UZR/150 of 24.6 while posting .211/.296/.305 at the plate. 

Carroll, on the other hand, hit .276/.355/.340 in 2009 for the Indians.  However, it is worth noting that he has not played shortstop with any semblance of regularity since 2005, when he played 241 innings at the position for the Nationals (with a subpar -6.7 UZR/150).

Meanwhile, Jocketty says that Lowry could work as the Reds' fifth starter, provided that he is healthy.  The former first round pick of the Giants recorded a 3.92 ERA in 2007, but walked as many batters as he struck out.

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