The Bucs have had interest in him since the Winter Meetings…
— John Perrotto (@jperrotto) December 9, 2013
…and Nick Cafardo wrote this about him in his Sunday column:
[quote_simple]”2. Mike Carp, 1B/OF, Red Sox — Will a team such as the Brewers or Pirates buy into Carp being capable of being a full-time first baseman? Both could use a first baseman and Carp is coming off a big year off the bench. But even with his tremendous power and stroke, he remains a mystery. Scouts from both teams are already watching the Red Sox, and Carp in particular.”[/quote_simple]
The team probably has scouts all over the place monitoring first basemen, though it’s interesting that they’re keeping an eye on Carp down in Fort Myers.
The 27-year-old lefty-hitting Carp had a very solid year in 2013, hitting .296/.362/.523 in 86 games. Career stats:
Most of his damage last season was done vs. right-handed pitching (.300/.367/.537 in 215 PA), as he saw just 28 plate appearances vs. southpaws.
He’s started 100 games at first base in his career, plus another 81 in the outfield (LF and RF), making him a versatile option.
Carp will make $1.4 million this year and is under team control through the 2016 season.
The Sox don’t have a starting spot for him right now, as he looks to back up Mike Napoli at first, Daniel Nava in left, and Shane Victorino in right. Could the Bucs trade from their apparent surplus of pitching to acquire him? They have just a few weeks left to decide between an external option and Andrew Lambo as the left-handed hitting half of the first base platoon. We’ll see what happens.
Zack has had this ready for a while:
— Center Field Smoke (@CFSmoke) December 31, 2013