Red Sox Designate Mike Carp For Assignment

The Red Sox have designated outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp for assignment, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports on Twitter. The move was made as the team juggles its roster after yesterday’s trades.

Carp, 28, has only a .198/.320/.279 slash in 103 scattered plate appearances on the year. Last year, though, he was a revelation, slashing .296/.362/.523 with nine home runs in 243 turns at bat.

A fairly versatile option with at least two seasons of above-average production and pop already in the books, the left-handed hitter figures to draw a look from contenders. Clubs like the Royals and Reds have been said to have interest in such a player, and failed to make any moves at yesterday’s trade deadline. He will need to pass through waivers in order to be moved. Carp is playing on a $1.4MM annual salary in his first year of arbitration eligibility.


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70 Comments on "Red Sox Designate Mike Carp For Assignment"


ShaneRedsFan
11 months 26 days ago

I’d like to see the Reds grab him.

Luke Wise
11 months 26 days ago

Me too. With regular playing time he could be a great improvement to our LF. He can’t be any worse than what we have now even if he isn’t an improvement at all.

Dana Crocker
11 months 26 days ago

Calling Neal Huntington…calling Neal Huntington!

Mr Huntington…please come in! Hello? ….

Todd Smith
11 months 26 days ago

That .198/.320/.279 line he’s posted so far this year is awfully tempting, but I don’t see how Carp would be an upgrade over Davis or Sanchez.

brian310
11 months 26 days ago

In his career when he has gotten consistent playing time, he has hit well. When he gets regulated to the bench, not so much.

Samsonite
11 months 26 days ago

Relegated…..not regulated.

NomarGarciaparra
11 months 25 days ago

The managers’ regulations relegated him to the bench.

Dana Crocker
11 months 26 days ago

Thinking beyond this year…down year yes! But don’t believe he’ll stay down…jmho

connfyoozed .
11 months 26 days ago

He would certainly be an upgrade over Micheal Martinez or Brent Morel off the bench. Morel is especially useless.

Ted
11 months 26 days ago

He’s a career .157 hitter with 26k in 51AB as a pinch hitter. Not somebody I want coming off the bench.

connfyoozed .
11 months 26 days ago

Ted: Those are certainly awful stats, but I would be Morel’s would be worse in the same amount of ABs.

Ted
11 months 26 days ago

There’s got to be *somebody* out there better than either of those two guys. What’s Vernon Wells doing these days? Has he outright retired?

Todd Smith
11 months 26 days ago

Martinez and Morel are only on the roster because Marte and Barmes are on the DL. Who do you get rid of when everybody is back and healthy?

connfyoozed .
11 months 26 days ago

Possibly Barmes, but your point is taken. I am just thinking that the Davis/Sanchez experiment is not going to continue past this year, or possibly even until the end of this year, but I agree that Carp is no upgrade at this point.

Todd Smith
11 months 26 days ago

I would have been OK with Carp earlier in the season – he’s basically the same gamble as Ike Davis. Just don’t see a need for both of them.

Jeff Snedden
11 months 26 days ago

Morel goes down when Marte comes back. Martinez goes down when Barmes is ready. Easy Peasy.

Ron Loreski
11 months 26 days ago

NO! Andrew Lambo deserves a shot before Carp.

connfyoozed .
11 months 26 days ago

Off the bench? Sure, maybe. At 1B? Don’t know about that. Reports of Lambo’s ability to play first have been up and down.

Ron Loreski
11 months 26 days ago

Defense at firstbase is so overrated.

Tommy Sohn
11 months 26 days ago

Off the bench, Ok.. But id rather stick with the platoon of Davis/Sanchez than trying our luck with Carp.

Jeff Snedden
11 months 26 days ago

Nope. We already have a Mike Carp with a better glove. His name is Gaby Sanchez. The closest a carp is getting to PNC Park is if one somehow swims down the river from Lake Erie.

Cuso
11 months 26 days ago

Does anyone else find this mildly amusing considering his “demands” from last week?

Scott Berlin
11 months 26 days ago

Yeah but they should’ve traded him.

Fangaffes
11 months 26 days ago

You mean because his name is an anagram for how he’s played this year?

Jaysfan1994
11 months 26 days ago

Absolutely fantastic.

Gumby65
11 months 26 days ago

Well, beings he asked….

Devern Hansack
11 months 26 days ago

I’m surprised that the Red Sox couldn’t get something of value (i.e.: a lottery ticket prospect or two) for him before the deadline.

John Johnson
11 months 26 days ago

I think this would be a great pickup for the reds

هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل
11 months 26 days ago

….Backup 1B for Tex perhaps?

Brad Vance
11 months 26 days ago

I like the way you think sir.

Victoria Roberts
11 months 26 days ago

It’d be a short walk across the field to the visiting dugout.

Steve Corbett
11 months 26 days ago

Carp don’t like being backup. Carp want to play always!

connfyoozed .
11 months 26 days ago

Carp know he is just pawn in game of life…

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Carp is getting upset!!!

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

He could go hang out with Stephen Drew again!

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

And Matt Thornton and Chris Capuano

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

Just take all our left-handed people!

(Also it’s super confusing that HoopDreams up there has the same icon as you)

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

lol why would HoopDreams have this as an icon? Also, there’s another user on here who has this as well.

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 26 days ago

Seattle should put in a claim if Carp makes it that far down the waiver wire.

11 months 26 days ago

I enjoy Carp’s versatility. If you put him in the game, he strikes out. If you don’t, he complains. So many choices.

connfyoozed .
11 months 26 days ago

I actually like Carp despite his struggles, but +1 for that golden comment.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

I wish we had traded him in the offseason. He would’ve gone somewhere with more playing time, and we could’ve gotten some sorta gamble prospect from someone

11 months 26 days ago

Agreed, especially since it’s clear Farrell never had much intention of playing him.

Michael
11 months 26 days ago

And if you’re short on arms, he makes a fine relief pitcher (1 IP, 5 BB).

Victoria Roberts
11 months 26 days ago

Well you demanded a trade, and we tried. Apparently the market for left handed first basemen/left fielders who can’t hit their weight is somewhat limited.

connfyoozed .
11 months 26 days ago

Well, after doing all of that Carping about wanting to leave, this makes sense.

I still think the Pirates should take a flier on him.

lementaco
11 months 26 days ago

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lementaco
11 months 26 days ago

Gooooooooo Giants!

YankeeFan™
11 months 26 days ago

I hope the yanks get him we need a backup first basemen I love his swing for yankee stadium to.

senior52
11 months 26 days ago

Kansas City. Hosmers out for awhile.

stl_cards16
11 months 26 days ago

Allen Craig(30) is terrible for 400 plate appearances, Red sox fans say he’ll bounce back. Mike Carp(28) is terrible for 100 plate appearances, Red Sox fans say he’s terrible.

Victoria Roberts
11 months 26 days ago

It’s the three years prior that we look to as evidence for Allen Craig. Where are Carp’s three years?

stl_cards16
11 months 26 days ago

When you looked for evidence did you find his ISO?

2011: .240
2012 : .215
2013: .142
2014: .109

Allen Craig is not the same hitter.

Victoria Roberts
11 months 26 days ago

And yet, he’s still better than Mike Carp. Imagine that. Craig is also coming off a foot injury that he may still need time for. Carp is too, but he wasn’t hitting before the injury so I doubt he’ll start now. ISO is a nice stat to measure extra base hits, but it doesn’t tell you the complete value of a player. Mike Carp has never put together consecutive good seasons, even though he was given many different chances in Seattle, and was eventually traded to the Red Sox for cash. What is more likely, that a player having one bad season following several good ones will bounce back or a player that has had two decent seasons out of 6 opportunities, just isn’t very good?

stl_cards16
11 months 26 days ago

I don’t have to think so, I’ve never had a problem in the past criticizing moves I didn’t like. I hope Craig bounces back. I posted on here multiple times that I thought Mozeliak could potentially look to dump him. That he got Lackey this year and next for $500k more than they owed Craig this year, is a huge steal. Last year Craig had a .368 BABIP and was worth 2.5 WAR. He has been declining and has now fallen off a cliff. And ISO is not just homeruns.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

I’ve been saying the opposite, am I the exception that proves the rule?

stl_cards16
11 months 26 days ago

Sorry, I shouldn’t have acted like it was every Boston fan. I’ve seen some dislike the trade.

CharlieMurphy
11 months 26 days ago

Craig also hit .312 over his previous 1200 PAs with an OPS over .850. Not sure how you can compare the two. Also, Craig should definitely benefit from Fenway (if he can remember how to pull the ball)

jjs91
11 months 26 days ago

Craig has had a better track record. The bigger story is the fact that they seemed to think he was great in the first place.

Adam
11 months 26 days ago

If this guy gets past the Astros I’d be surprised. I’d take this guy over Jesus Guzman, Chris Carter, and Mark Krauss. Let him split time between 1B and DH with Singleton.

westcoastwhitesox
11 months 26 days ago

The Mariners should grab him…they definitely need a weak-hitting 1B/DH.

BK
11 months 26 days ago

Obviously the Angels are pretty good at building up fish themed bats.

AP
11 months 26 days ago

I’ve never understood the lack of love for Carp. He did well for the M’s when given consistent playing time but was put on the back burner with the acquisition of the worthless Justin Smoak. He destroyed it in AAA PCL league. Then went on to Boston and had a great season only to be given limited playing time again and now cut loose.

He’d be an upgrade over Morrison or Smoak….not too hard when those two are batting about .205 at first for the M’s.