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The Mariners trade Mike Carp to the Red Sox

Feb 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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The Red Sox have just announced that they have acquired Mike Carp from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

Carp, a left-handed corner guy was DFA’d by the Mariners last week.  He’s 26 and has a career line of .255/.327/.413 with 18 homers in 608 plate appearances.  I suppose he’d be good to have around as a bench bat or in case Mike Napoli breaks down or can’t handle first base for some reason.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I guess if you are the Red Sox you can never have to many platoon players OR backup 1st basemen. Looks like the handwriting maybe on the wall for Overbay. He’s probably gone. BTW, you can always tell the value of a player when he’s traded for the “PTBNL or Cash considerations”.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      You mean PTBNL like David Ortiz, Moises Alou, Gio Gonzalez, Coco Crisp, or Crash Davis(!)… Those guys did nothing and definitely didnt do better than the player(s) they were traded for.

      • drewzducks - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        You didn’t expect thoughtful analysis from a fan of a team who has $41M committed to two washed up third basemen did you ?

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        drew…., those washed up 3rd basemen you are referring to had better numbers in 2012 then the majority of the anticipated starters expected to take the field for the Red Sox opening day. Drew be honest you can’t be happy with the projected starting 9 for the Red Sox:

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        proudlyfrench…. you will have to enlighten me. Were any of those players you mentioned traded even up just for the PTBNL or just Cash Considerations? Did any of those players have a .180 BA against RHP? Because I think that is exactly the case with Carp although I could be wrong.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        They were the PTBNL, which further deteriorates your argument that you can ALWAYS tell the value of a player. There are too many Big Papi’s and Joey Bats’ to make a statement that you always know the value of player. I can provide the trade details for all those trades if desired.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        David Ortiz – In 1996, Minnesota traded Dave Hollins to Seattle for PTBNL (Ortiz).

        Moises Alou – In 1990, Montreal traded Zane Smith to Pittsburgh for Scott Ruskin, Willie Greene, and a PTBNL (Alou).

        Coco Crisp – In 2002, Cleveland traded Chuck Finley to St. Louis a prospect and PTBNL (Crisp).

        Gio Gonzalez – In 2005, Philly traded Jim Thome to the White Sox for Aaron Rowand and a PTBNL (Gonzalez). In 2006, he was then traded back to the White Sox (again as a PTBNL) along with Gavin Floyd in exchange for Freddy Garcia.

        You can figure out Crash Davis on your own.

  2. soxfan1966 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Not a bad pickup for the Sox, especially at that price. Like most of Cherington’s offseason moves, this is not a “sexy” pickup. However, Carp is certainly a decent guy to have on the bench and he’s probably a better backup option than Overbay. Plus the Sox have control for a few seasons if he works out.

  3. Matt Aromando - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    When the concept of a PTBNL is used straight up for another player, like in this situation, is it a PTBNL because that PTBNL depends on Carp making the 25-man roster or not? If the Red Sox end up designating him for assignment is the “cash consideration” just paying for the paperwork? If Carp makes the team out of Spring Training, do the Mariners get a somewhat decent player in return? It’s funny to me that the Mariners might be hoping that Carp does really well with the Red Sox so they get a good player in return but at the same time if he performs well for the Red Sox then they will miss out on that production.

    • tsi431 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      In this case the Mariners get a list of low level prospects, that the Red Sox are willing to trade. The Mariners have there choice of one of them, and have the option to pick there player at anytime during the minor league season.

  4. nolanwiffle - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    If Sox management were granted any fish they wish, I suppose they’d prefer Mike Trout……

    • snowbirdgothic - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      But having picked up Carp, they’re scrod.

      • nolanwiffle - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Indeed, this season could be a tough roe to hoe.

    • wiscotom - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      It could be worse. They could have gotten a Marlin.

    • deepstblu - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      I don’t think a deal like this will do much to tip the scales.

  5. seahawks55 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I wish we had traded away Smoak…

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    You know you look at all the M’s prospects who were brought up a few years ago, and a lot of them have already gone. It just shows you how hard it is to bring up a strong farm system. This is why I think there should be some kind of cap. I wasn’t for it when I was younger but seeing how it is SO difficult to bring up a healthy and strong farm system i’m all for it now these past few years. The Rays are the exception, the Indians, Mariners, and Royals are the rule. I hope the Royals can turn it around and get production but it looks like the M’s have given up on a lot of their young prospects.

    • mkd - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Which prospects have the Mariners given up on? Be specific.

      • yankeepunk3000 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Let me rephrase that, besides Carp, Wells is a bench player now. Gutierrez is 30. Smoak is on the bubble this season and might be traded. So yes they still have Seager, Ryan, Ackley (who is one of my favorites) Montero but I still see a lot of promise gone. From those players not for the future because I do believe the M’s can be competitive this year very much so

  7. hitdog042 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Competition only. Carp isn’t a very good 1b but he has potential as an extra OF. This doesn’t affect Overbays chances. I still think Nava gets the back up spot at 1b leaving carp to compete for an OF spot.

  8. plmathfoto - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    kinda surprised the Brewers didn’t go after him after all of the first basemen seem to be going down.

  9. hitdog042 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Wow proud Canadian. Learn baseball eh? Ortiz was a free agent. A low level one at that at the time. He wasn’t traded. Gonzalez was traded for actual players as was Alou. Get your facts straight.

    • mabunar - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Those players WERE the PTBNL in trades.

      Sep 13 1996: Ortiz sent from Mariners to Twins to complete deal made earlier as PTBLN
      Aug 16 1990: Alou sent from Pirates to Expos to complete deal made earlier as PTBNL
      Dec 8 2005: Gio sent from White Sox to Phillies to complete deal made earlier as PTBNL
      Aug 7 2002: Cardinals sent Coco Crisp to Indians to complete deal made earlier as PTBNL

      I would venture a guess that more PTBNLs do not pan out as excellent starters than do, but his list was valid. Even Crash.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      How’s it feel to eat your own words hitdog042? Learn some baseball…

  10. hitdog042 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    None of those guys were traded for ptbnl. Just wow. He just made up that post. Completely.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Just wow. Please reference above post explaining the trades. It’s real. Completely. Wow.

  11. turdfurgerson68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    A no risk/low reward move. Certainly doesn’t warrant all the comments posted.

    On to the next…

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