Re: Sox Get Carp
posted at 2/20/2013 11:14 AM EST
Red Sox add 1B/OF Carp from Mariners FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The
Boston Red Sox
added another left-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder to the mix of players already auditioning for backup roles, acquiring
for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
At first blush, Carp doesn’t appear to be an upgrade over the players already competing for the spot --
, the latter three nonroster players with a big-league invitation.
When Carp hits ‘em, they tend to travel long distances. Of the 12 home runs he hit for the Mariners in 2011, all went at least 385 feet and 9 cleared 400 feet, according to Baseball Prospectus.
But Carp, who missed 79 games last season because of shoulder and groin injuries -- he hurt his throwing shoulder diving for a ball in spring training -- was designated for assignment by the Mariners, a team starved for offense. The injuries limited Carp to just 26 games for Seattle, in which he batted .213 with 5 home runs and 189 plate appearances, and 35 games in Triple-A Tacoma, where he batted .223 with 2 home runs in 139 plate appearances.
He is not regarded as a glove-man at first, which may be problematic for a team already relying on a player (
) with very limited experience at first, though he is regarded as an adequate outfielder.
Still, Carp is only 26, and in 2011 the Mariners used him for a time as their cleanup hitter.
Carp’s agent, Tom O’Connell, who also represents Sox pitcher
, was in Sox camp Monday, pitching Carp to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.