Mike Carp Pirates Rumors

We’ve written a lot about the different options on the first base market this winter – Kendrys Morales, Ike Davis, Justin Smoak, Adam Lind, etc. One name we haven’t talked about much: Mike Carp.

The Bucs have had interest in him since the Winter Meetings…

…and Nick Cafardo wrote this about him in his Sunday column:

“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.”

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:

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 23 SEA 21 65 54 7 17 3 1 1 5 8 10 .315 .415 .463 .878
2010 24 SEA 14 41 37 1 7 2 0 0 0 4 8 .189 .268 .243 .512
2011 25 SEA 79 313 290 27 80 17 1 12 46 19 81 .276 .326 .466 .791
2012 26 SEA 59 189 164 17 35 6 0 5 20 21 46 .213 .312 .341 .654
2013 27 BOS 86 243 216 34 64 18 2 9 43 22 67 .296 .362 .523 .885
5 Yrs 259 851 761 86 203 46 4 27 114 74 212 .267 .337 .444 .781

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:

Go Bucs

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  1. Anonymous on March 2, 2014

    What would be the cost?

    • fromforbestofederal Author on March 2, 2014

      That’s the big question. The Sox were apparently asking for a lot back at the Winter Meetings, which drove away most of the interest. Not sure exactly what. As spring training goes on, I’d imagine the price will keep dropping if they’re looking to move him. I doubt the Pirates would overpay for a guy like Carp, though.

  2. Sangue on March 4, 2014

    I like the way Carp plays the game – some nice highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHW_BZhRd3M

    • fromforbestofederal Author on March 4, 2014

      Thanks for the video. Looks good. Wouldn’t mind at all if the Bucs picked him up.

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