|Carp traded to Red Sox for PTBNL/Cash|
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, February 20, 2013 at 11:03 am ET
Mike Carp Profile
The Seattle Mariners announced this morning that they have reached an agreement to trade recently DFA'd 1B/OF/DH Mike Carp to the Boston Red Sox for a Player to be named later and/or cash considerations.
The writing had been on the wall since long before the club designated Carp because of the moves that Seattle had made this off-season in attempting to rebuild their lowly offense. The additions of Jason Bay, Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez and Michael Morse all squeezed Carp out a little more, as those players -- along with holdover Justin Smoak -- appear to be in line to see the bulk of the playing time at every position that Carp could realistically man for the Mariners.
The end of the road in Seattle for Carp sees him leaving the M's having posted a .740 OPS (110 OPS+) since the start of the 2009 season in the major leagues and a .294/.384/.460 line in 321 games at the Triple-A level. That MLB OPS is the second highest number that any player Seattle has run out for more than 550 plate appearances has, second to only Russell Branyan.
The Mariners and Red Sox are likely still in talks to hammer out the agreement as to who the player coming back to the Mariners will be, but the likelihood is that it will be a young player not yet on the 40-man roster. The Mariners figure to get back a bit more talent in this deal then they did in the Shawn Kelley DFA/Trade earlier this month simply because Carp had more value on the market.
SeattleClubhouse will cover the player coming back to Seattle once that move is announced.