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Scouts from the Pirates and Brewers are watching Mike Carp

Mar 2, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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Mike Carp recently offered to learn third base for the Red Sox, a move not entirely based in altruism as it would give the left-hander some much-needed playing time. Carp had a great 2013 for the Red Sox, posting an .885 OPS in 243 plate appearances, 215 of them against right-handed pitchers.

But there’s no obvious spot for Carp in the lineup with David Ortiz at DH and Mike Napoli at first base. As a result, the Red Sox could explore trading Carp. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, scouts from the Pirates and Brewers have been at Red Sox camp keeping an eye on Carp. The Pirates in particular could use a platoon partner at first base with Gaby Sanchez.

  1. wiskybuck - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Nobody needs a 1B more than the Brewers, Overbay and Reynolds are all they have, and they were signed to minor league contracts.

    • wiscotom - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      The Brewers have Juan Francisco (who will probably make the roster over Overbay barring injury) as a lefty. That being said, I’d rather have Carp.

  2. Jack Marshall - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Why would the Red Sox trade Carp? Yes, they’d be trading high, but if they traded him they’d be looking to get lucky with someone else in the same role, left-handed power off the bench who can play first or outfield. Obviously they should trade him if someone bowls them over with crazy package, but why hurt the team’s depth, one of its strengths, when there’s no obvious need to fill?

    • rje49 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      I kinda agree with you, as going by the Sox’ history in cases like this, nobody will bowl them over with a trade package. History usually says the opposite; they get somebody useless who gets released before long.

    • jmbic - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Agreed. And if he can even barely fake it at 3B, he’s still enough of an offensive improvement over Middlebrooks to warrant some time in the lineup. It’d be like shopping Nava around – yes you’re selling high, but who else are you going to replace him with that projects for 300-400 above-average plate appearances?

  3. chaimtavish - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Mike Carp’s always been underestimated–and snakebit. Was the Mariners’ starting left-fielder, but injured in the opening games in Japan two years ago. He’s a solid ballplayer who deserves a chance to play full-time, or at least much of the time. The Bosox ought to trade him to where he’ll have a chance to shine for a whole season.

  4. pastabelly - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    It would be a bad move to trade Carp. The Red Sox won because they had the best 25 guys. He’s a perfect guy to have on the bench.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I don’t really like his beard.

  6. penguins87and71 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Why would the Pirates want this guy? He has a better career average against Lefties at .295 then against righties at .260.

    • jmbic - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      True, but his OBP is identical versus LHP and RHP, and his SLG isn’t much different. Gaby Sanchez may rake lefties but if he’s your projected starter then that is a team weakness. Virtually every team in baseball would be improved by having Carp on the roster – the question is obviously what it will cost.

  7. sulldawga - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Carp is Big Papi injury insurance. He’s not going anywhere unless someone gives up a decent player in return, and even then the Sox might not bother.

  8. musketmaniac - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    I wish we still had Jerry Sands to send back to the sox. just say no thank you, buccos. If Sanchez/Lambo does not work out, there will always be players available for trade after the season starts.

  9. benrob99 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I can solve this in about 10 seconds. What’s Carp’s salary for this coming season? If it’s anywhere near fair market value then there’s no chance the pirates pull the trigger. There, that was easy.

  10. shadowcell - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    the Angels should acquire him to continue their collection of baseball players named after fish

  11. ez4u2sa - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    No one should get their hopes up. The Sox will keep Carp, They have learned the value of depth. Carp may not be a starter at the outset but over the course of the season, he’ll get plenty of playing time.

  12. jbriggs81 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    What’s the chances that Carp repeats his numbers from last season. I wan’t terribly familiar with him prior to last year. From all the narratives I heard though, Carp had a career year last season. While depth is certainly important (especially with Papi being a possible injury risk), Carp’s trade value could be pretty high and he could theoretically fetch a decent return, assuming the other team and Boston match up well.

    • pastabelly - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Even if he doesn’t repeat his numbers, he doesn’t break the bank and provides so much off the bench. What do you think you’re really going to get out of the Pirates or Brewers? Selling “high” on Carp for a modest pay off is a waste of time for a team like the Red Sox.

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