February 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Mike Carp designated for assignment by Mariners, who give his roster spot to new starting pitcher Joe Saunders
Well, the other shoe dropped in the Joe Saunders signing moments ago and Mike Carp was the victim, getting DFA by the Mariners. Carp was just about to leave his Los Angeles area home and drive to Arizona for spring training in the next day or two. Now, he’s staying put a little while longer, since the Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to Class AAA.
In case you’re wondering, no, he would not make it through waivers if the Mariners chose to outright him.
“You look at all the winter moves they made and try to figure out how it pertains to you,” Carp told me moments ago. “But in the end, all you can do is take care of yourself, do what you need to do to succeed and be ready when your time comes. I’m ready to start spring training. Obviously, it won’t be with the Mariners any more but I’m ready for whichever team wants me.”
Carp was acquired from the Mets in December 2008 as part of the huge Franklin Gutierrez-J.J. Putz swap that was GM Jack Zduriencik’s signature trade moment with the Mariners. He went on a hitting tear the second-half of 2011, but suffered a sprained shoulder on Opening Day of last season diving for a ball in left field against Oakland in Tokyo.
I asked Carp today whether he thinks things might have turned out differently for him had he not made that dive. Clearly, he had a rough season afterwards, missing amonth of action to start and then going back on the DL again later when his shoulder didn’t completely heal.
“You can’t really lookat it that way,” he said. “Because maybe then, later, I could have dove and had something happen to my hip. You never know. I just wish I’d caught the ball.”
Carp got a call from Zduriencik earlier today, thanking him for his time with the Mariners. As for what comes next, Carp plans to stay by the phone and then hit the road for Arizona assoon as he hears something.
“I won’t get to play for Seattle again and that’s a shame,” he said. “I loved it up there in the Northwest. I consider myself fortunate to have played there. Not too many guys can say they have four years in at the big league level already starting at age 22. I still feel I have a lot to offer. I’m just getting started.”