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Report: Mike Carp has asked the Red Sox to trade him

Jul 26, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

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Mike Carp was a useful bench player for the Red Sox last season, but he has struggled in a diminished role so far this season and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he has asked the team to trade him.

After hitting .296 with nine home runs, 43 RBI, and an .885 OPS over 243 plate appearances last season, Carp has appeared in just 35 games this season. The 28-year-old hasn’t done much of anything when given the opportunity, batting just .215 with a .641 OPS over 95 plate appearances. He’s still looking for his first home run. Despite his struggles, Carp told Abraham that he believes he could be useful for a contender.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t required to give Carp his wish, but Abraham was told by two scouts that NL teams have interest in him as a bench bat or a platoon player.

  1. shadowcell - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    trade him to the Angels so they can continue their collection of ballplayers named after fish

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    This news comes after Lester said that it was OK if The Red Sox traded him.

    • drewzducks - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      As long as it isn’t to Toronto.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Even us Canadians get excited about a good ole fashioned firesale at the deadline. You don’t have to hate the Sox more than the plague to enjoy what we’ve got happening here.

    • sabatimus - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Chronology is fun!

  3. 18thstreet - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I wonder how often this happens.

  4. garybrian - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    There isn’t much action for a guy hitting .215!

  5. drewsylvania - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Way ahead of you, Mike.

    –Ben Cherington

    • amaninwhite - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Johnny Gomes was so stunned that anyone would make such a request that he went up to Carp and punched him in the face, yelling “Don’t you ever do that again!”.

  6. drewsylvania - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Carp hasn’t hit and can’t field. If he’s looking for more playing time, he’s going to have a hard time finding it.

    • nbjays - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      He’s still an upgrade from Dan Uggla.

  7. Jack Marshall - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I don’t know why he felt he had to ask…he’s superfluous at this point. I assume the Sox were waiting for him to hit so he could bring something of value. They should have traded him in the spring—I assumed they were going to. Cherington has had a terrible year.

  8. sabatimus - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    First Peavy is gone, now Carp wants to go. Christmas comes early!

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Remember Boston’s former catcher? The guy they designated for assignment. In his first game for St. Louis today, he was 3 for 4.

      • sabatimus - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        That won’t last.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Of course it won’t last; however, I would not be surprised if his batting average in St. Louis was close to .300.

      • pisano - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Gee, what a shock. It appears the rats are looking to jump the ship of fools.

      • psousa1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        And you know Boston’s new catcher? The guy they could wait any longer to bring up and get rid of a guy who cost his pitchers strike after strike by dropping about 8 pitches per game? He’s better than anyone in MLB not named Molina or LuCroy.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Let the kids play,the season is a wash anyway.All the players we lost and all the guys we will lose gave us a wonderful 2013 season. I wish them all the best.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    He just wants to get out of town before the cops find all the dead hookers in his basement.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      A large majority of serial killers are narcissistic and he never seemed that way to me,or maybe I’m projecting as I only have 1 dead hooker in my basement…sad face.

    • kiwicricket - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      That’s illegal in your country?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        It’s frowned upon.

  10. go4two - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    And what do you have going on ? Lol

  11. denny65 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I’d like to see him come back to the Mariners. Carp can’t be any worse than Morales, plus he can play in the field.

  12. pgilbert15303 - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    We have a team that’s interested… Pawtucket.

  13. campcouch - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Guys love it when the team is winning, as soon as struggles come about, they want to be dealt. Send him to Houston for some brisket.

  14. scoochpooch - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Batting .215 for a team that plays half their games in Fenway is quite embarrassing.

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