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Mike Carp is trying his hand at third base

Feb 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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Tim Britton of the Providence Journal is reporting that Mike Carp offered to learn third base to be more versatile for the Red Sox. Carp approached third base coach Brian Butterfield on the first day of workouts, asking to take a few ground balls at the position.

Carp has only played in the outfield and at first base during his five-year Major League career. He played 12 games at third base in the minors, 11 of those occurring in 2004 as an 18-year-old in the Gulf Coast League with the Mets.

Carp’s bat can hold up at third base. The American League average weighted on-base average at the position last season was .317. Carp’s career average is .342, including .382 last season, seeing right-handed pitching a majority of the time.

  1. haunted soul - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:10 AM

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  2. ch0psuey - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    I heard Tim Salmon was making a run back up the stream as well..

  3. edelmanfanclub - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Just an experiment, he’s not like an Eric Hinske type. I don’t think he has the range to play 3rd. He’s a nice backup 1B and 4th OF, he has an underrated bat so they are just trying to maximize his value but I doubt he will play there barring an emergency situation this year.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Came up with a couple big hits last year for the Sox so if he can pinch hit and not be a total liability at third (or any defensive position) I say go for it. If he can manage to get his defense to spot starting level then he will be worth whatever the Sox pay him.

  5. jm91rs - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    I admire a guy trying to increase his skill set to make himself more valuable.

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