Topic: Mike Carp
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February 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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.
February 20, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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.
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.”