Last night I mentioned that Mike Carp was nearing his end with the Seattle Mariners and this morning, less than 24 hours later, he’s a member of the Boston Red Sox.
The Mariners haven’t gotten anything for Carp just yet. A player-to-be-named or cash considerations is all they’ll get. If a player does end up coming back to the Mariners it won’t be anyone spectacular and it’s doubtful he’ll even contribute to the 2013 squad.
Personally I’m a little sad to see Carp leave. His 2011 rookie season was solid and it looked like the Mariners had a solid young first baseman on their hands in case Justin Smoak didn’t pan out.
That 2011 season saw Carp hit .276, 17 doubles, 12 HR and 46 RBI in 79 games – the most Carp appeared in with the Mariners in one season.
With Kendrys Morales, Justin Smoak and a plethora of outfielders battling for playing time, there was no real opportunity for Carp on the 2013 roster. The Mariners couldn’t send him down to triple A because he’d run out of options so the Mariners had to designate him for assignment.
Other than the Brewers, who were in need of a first baseman with injuries to their starter, Mat Gamel, and primary backup, the Red Sox were seen as the next best destination for Carp.
Don’t be surprised if Carp turns into the next ex Mariner that finds his offensive groove playing elsewhere.