The Marlins signed reliever Cody Carroll to a minor league contract this week, according to the MLB.com transactions tracker. He has been assigned to their Florida Complex League affiliate but figures to report to Triple-A Jacksonville some time soon. Carroll was released by the Orioles a few weeks ago.
A well-regarded bullpen prospect coming up in the Yankees’ system, Carroll was part of the group New York sent to Baltimore in the 2018 Zack Britton deal. He made his major league debut that August and made fifteen appearances down the stretch. He missed almost the entire 2019 campaign recovering from back surgery and was bombed in three appearances last season before being outrighted off the 40-man roster. Carroll owns a dismal 13.74 ERA over 19 career big league frames.
Before his release, he spent the 2021 campaign with the Orioles’ top affiliate in Norfolk. The 28-year-old posted a 5.57 ERA in that hitter-friendly environment. While Carroll struck out a solid 25.6% of batters faced, he also issued walks at an elevated 12.2% clip and served up five home runs in 21 innings — a continuation of trouble with the long ball that has plagued him in the majors as well.
Carroll’s time in Baltimore obviously didn’t go as he’d intended, but he posted great numbers up through Double-A in the New York organization. There’s no risk for Miami in taking a look to see if he can recapture some of the form he showed at the lower levels and work his way back to the big leagues down the stretch.