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Red Sox designate Mike Carp for assignment

Aug 1, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Mike Carp reportedly requested a trade from the Red Sox last week, but after failing to find a taker before yesterday’s deadline they’ve designated him for assignment.

It’s still possible that the Red Sox will be able to work out a deal for Carp in the next 10 days, but in the meantime he’s been removed from the 40-man roster and could be headed for the waiver wire.

Carp hit very well for Boston in a part-time role last season, batting .296 with nine homers, 18 doubles, and an .885 OPS in 243 plate appearances, but he batted just .198 this year. Still, as a 28-year-old left-handed hitter with a lifetime .763 OPS you’d think some team could find room for the first baseman/left fielder on their roster.

  1. serbingood - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    How could Brian Cashman pass up this golden opportunity? Maybe his age works against him? He’s only 28 and would be a child on the Yankee bench. Brian, it’s up to you, a decent left handed 1B/Left Fielder or another 30+ year old overpriced former star in deep decline.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Well, he hasn’t passed him up yet. It does seem like a good fit, apart from the trade partner.

    • yankeefan1950 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      You answered your own question, Carp is just too young. Besides that, he’s not overpaid so he has nothing going for him that Cashman looks for other than he plays for another team.

  2. cadillacjosh - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I really wanted the Brewers to get him. He would be an instant upgrade over Lyle Overbay.

    I also feel like it’s weird that it seems so obvious to me but Doug Melvin is probably like “Hmm, I don’t see it. That Yuni B. is still a FA though, veteran defender who can play all infield spots.”

  3. drewsylvania - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    You know, Mike, it would have been much easier to trade you had you not been unequivocally terrible this season.

  4. pgilbert15303 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Another knuckle head listening to his agent. Great guy, hang in there Rhode Island’s a great place. Newport RI… Oh… Pawtucket… Hmmm,

  5. captaincanoe - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Has anyone ever made a Mike Carp/Mike Trout joke. If they have I don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about it.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      I refuse to admit that I did so in Trout’s rookie year.

  6. rbj1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    What, not even a nibble from the Angels? Ben wasn’t able to lure them in with anything?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      it’s too warm yet out west for clam chowder so it went nowhere…

    • stac266 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      HA!

  7. professor59 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    He’ll be back in the spring. Is there such a thing as post-post-post-hype?

  8. denny65 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Hope Mike finds a landing place somewhere. He’ll always be fondly remembered here in Seattle for the support he gave the family of Greg Halman, following the latter’s senseless murder back in 2011.

  9. irishlad19 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Mike Carp was a valuable part of the 2013 Red Sox WS winners, let’s give him some respect.
    He asked to be traded last week, respectfully and professionally, and deserves a chance on another team that needs his skills.
    I thank him for his contributions to the team while he was here-a professional MLB player!

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Thank you,a pint of stout on me.

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