BOSTON — What was Seattle thinking?
The Mariners decided back in February that Mike Carp didn’t have a place on their team. They designated him for assignment and later shipped him to the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Ever since, it’s been a classic case of one team’s trash is another team’s treasure.
Carp has been a valuable contributor for the Red Sox all season despite sporadic playing time. Whether it’s starting in place of Mike Napoli at first base, plugging one of Boston’s outfield spots or coming off the bench in a key situation, Carp has accepted each and every challenge. Rather than plead his case for more opportunities — which would be totally understandable given Carp’s production — the 27-year-old is simply enjoying the ride.
“Just getting the opportunity here to play in front of this great city on a great team. It’s been a lot of fun,” Carp said after the Red Sox’ 4-3 win Wednesday. “It’s been a fun ride the whole year. We are playi