Red Sox Trade for Mike Carp

New pitching coach Juan Nieves confers with Ryan Dempster

Carp adds to an interesting mix at 1B

The Boston Red Sox have traded for Seattle Mariners first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp earlier today according to the team. They acquired the recently DFA’d Mariners player for a player to be named later or cash. Sources say it is not expected to be a significant prospect going to Seattle.

Carp, who is out of options, is required to stay on the 40 man roster after being shipped to Boston, which created limited trade interest in the first baseman. Carp is expected to fight for a roster position as a left handed alternative to Mike Napoli and possibly play outfield. His main competitor is expected to be first baseman Lyle Overbay.

Last season Carp struggled, hitting .213/.312/.341/.654 last season in 59 games. However, over his career as a Mariner, Carp’s stat line is a much better .255/.327/.413/.740 along with 18 home runs in 173 games.

In 2010 Carp had his best career season, hitting .276 with 12 home runs. Carp is currently 26 years old, too old to be a prospect but young enough to be considered something better than just a project. This is a good low-risk-high-reward type trade for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox have been looking for an extra left handed hitter off the bench due to Jonny Gomes’ ability to hit righties, but not so much lefites, and the hip injury to Napoli. Carp is a player who can spell both of those players in a pinch and produce a little bit of pop.

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