The Rockies are looking for second base help, reports Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, and they've expressed interest in Dodgers infielder Jamey Carroll. Carroll spent the 2006-07 seasons with Colorado, sending the Rockies to the playoffs in '07 with a sacrifice fly off Trevor Hoffman.
Carroll, 37, is hitting .300/.368/.366 in 288 plate appearances on the season. He's capable of playing second base, shortstop, third base, and the outfield corners. I examined his trade candidacy about a week ago. Carroll is earning $1.8MM and he's a bit short of Type B status.
Rockies second basemen, mainly Jonathan Herrera and Chris Nelson, are hitting .240/.296/.325 on the season. I think Nelson deserves more of a look, but adding Carroll wouldn't hurt. There aren't too many contenders seeking second basemen, but Carroll, Mark Ellis, and Jeff Keppinger are the top trade candidates. Renck says the Rockies also want to bolster their rotation, but may look internally for that. At six games out, they're on the fringe of contention.
GMs Dan O'Dowd and Ned Colletti matched up on a trade last year, when the Rockies acquired Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers for Anthony Jackson. Before that, the division rivals hadn't matched up since '03.