Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 2/20/13
The Red Sox have reached a trade agreement with the Seattle Mariners that will send 1B/OF Mike Carp to Boston in exchange for a player to be named later or cash (cue the "we wanted Mike Trout, not Mike Carp jokes"). Carp was designated for assignment by Seattle on February 12, and Boston was one of teams vocally interested in him. Carp is a 26 year old lefty who has played both 1B and outfield over nine minor league seasons, and four stints in the majors. He is a career .276/.366/.465 hitter in the minors, with 136 home runs in 838 games. He has played in 173 major league games for the Mariners since 2009, hitting 18 home runs and batting .255 with a .740 OPS.  Although no longer the exciting prospect that he once was, the Sox are hoping that Carp can bring some value to the team. He is expected to compete for the backup 1B bench spot (alongside Lyle Overbay, Mitch Maier, and others). Although a lefty back up to Napoli at 1B is needed, it is interesting to note that Carp has
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