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February 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Mariners are looking at group of four non-premium minor leaguers as return in Mike Carp deal

The Mariners will pick from a list of four lower-level, non-premium minor leaguers as the player-to-be-named in the Mike Carp trade. Photo Credit: AP

Many of you have written in asking who the Mariners are likely to get in the Mike Carp deal. I can tell you that the Mariners are looking to pick from a list of four non-premium minor leaguers, all in the lower levels. In other words, no “A” level or even “B” level prospects. Also, nobody from Class AAA or AA.








Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told me he was negotiating with four clubs at one point, then it got down to two at the end. Zduriencik didn’t name the clubs, but we know one was the Boston Red Sox and I’ll assume the Twins were another since they were linked to Carp in various reports.

Anyhow, that’s what you get in deals like this one.

There were folks assuming the Mariners could get more for Carp, but unfortunately, a living, breathing body is sometimes the best you can hope for once a player has been designated for assignment. After all, if a deal had not been worked out, the Mariners would have had to release Carp by tomorrow and get nothing for him.

Same thing with the Shawn Kelley deal. I know some are thinking “Why not package Kelley and Carp together?” but again, you’re talking about a mediocre relief pitcher earning nearly $1 million along with a guy who has struggled to hit in the majors and doesn’t really have a defined position. In other words, you might have trouble finding a team needing to put two such guys on to a 40-man roster. One can fill a gap of need — as Kelley and Carp both did — but two on the same team can be a bit much. Especially if the trade is for guys not already on a roster, forcing the other team to start moving guys off their 40-man.

Anyhow, that’s all. Moving DFA players, individually or in a group, rarely leads to all that much.

Comments | More in trades | Topics: Jack Zduriencik, Mike Carp, shawn kelley

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