Carroll was pursued by the Braves off waivers, but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the offer was far too low to consider trading the veteran middle infielder.
And that was just fine with Carroll.
"It's win-win, regardless," Carroll said. "If you go, you have that chance, and if you don't, you're in the big leagues playing baseball with a team that you signed with.
The toughest part, Carroll said, came in the days leading up to the Dodgers' decision, where he was unaware of his immediate future.
"The not knowing is not fun," Carroll said. "Whenever you don't have control of a situation, it's always unnerving. But at the same time, you have the understanding that it's a part of it, and you deal with it the best you can."
Knowing a deal was being discussed, Carroll sat down with his wife Tuesday night to discuss what would happen if indeed he were traded. He said the situation was far tougher on his family than on him.
Ultimately, he said he's glad to remain with the Dodgers.
"It's the team that I signed with and wanted to be a part of in the first place," Carroll said. "So any time you go through a season, the idea in mind is to finish it there. Hopefully, it's a good ending."
But it's an ending that will almost certainly come without a playoff appearance, and when he was asked if he would have liked the chance to play in October, his response was simple.
"Everybody does," he said.