In response to softlaw2's comment:
Getting Carp is huge! He's been awesome v. RP, and is an outstanding defensive player at 1st base and corner OF. Carp only cost one young farm lower level prospect PTBNL. He's on the 40 man roster and adds flexibility.
Satire completed, the exact opposit is true.
Carp isn't a fit, at all.
He's terrible vs. RP.
He's a terrible defensive player.
He's out of options.
He will cost a farm hand that will be more than a near thirty something career minor leaguer.
Unless he clears waivers, the likely result is Carp ends up back in the dumpster and the Red Sox end up with a net loss on young farm hands.
There was no justifiable reason to do this. I would have made acquired Loney for one year and about 2M, with an option for year two. Instead, Cherry did a minor league contract tryout or FA deal with Overbay. Once that happened, there was no need for rusting the roster and paying a young farm hand.
Cherry does not know what he's doing, and simply reacts. He never anticipates the trade and FA market and prepares accordingly.
I believe the terms are a PTBNL or cash considerations...My guess is that the compensation is tied to his perfromance? If he makes the roster, they'll send the M's either a AAAA player or a B level prospect. If he doesn't they'll write a check send the M's some cash and move on...
End of the day Carp's a decent hitter with a little pop that can play the OF and 1B. His versatility and his bat could make him a valuable bench player...Lets not make more of this than that. He's expendable in Seattle due to a roster crunch given the free agent signing of Ibanez and the aquision of Morales...Along with Montero and Smoak the M's have a boat load of 1B/DH types...