Mike Carp has been sitting “in limbo” in his Los Angeles area home waiting for the Mariners to trade him someplace. Yesterday, he was told that place would be the Boston Red Sox. He just had to wait until this morning for all the paperwork to go through. Now, he’s getting ready to head to Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training and excited about the opportunity.
“It’s definitely a better opportunity for me than staying in Seattle as far as their needs go and my chance to get as many at-bats as possible,” Carp told me moments ago.
The Mariners will get a player-to-be-named in the deal, or cash considerations.
Carp said he’s been told he’ll be used at first base, in left field and at designated hitter, so he will have a shot at quite a few at-bats if things go as planned.
The Red Sox have long been looking for a potential platoon partner for Jonny Gomes in left — or just a guy to spell him a bit if he plays full time — and had a need for an extra first baseman given the hip condition discovered on free agent signing Mike Napoli, which will limit his ability to play the field.
“It’s really exciting,” Carp said. “I have a chance to go to a great organization and should really get a chance to play. I’m looking forward to showing them whatI can do.”
Carp, 26, appeared in 173 games over four seasons for the Mariners after coming over from the Mets’ system in the multi-team J.J. Putz-Franklin Gutierrez swap at the December 2008 winter meetings.
He hit a combined .255 with 18 homers and 28 doubles during that span, most of them coming in the latter half of the 2011 season. That year saw Carp hit .276 with 12 homers and 17 doubles in just 313 plate appearances. He was last year’s Opening Day left fielder, but sprained his shoulder diving for a ball the first game of the season in Japan.
Carp never got it going after that, hitting .213 with a .654 OPS in 189 plate appearances.