Red Sox Catch a Carp

After spending the offseason fishing for another first baseman, the Red Sox have landed Mike Carp.

The Sox acquired first baseman/outfielder Carp from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  To make room for Carp on the 40-man roster, outfielder Ryan Kalish was placed on the 60-day disabled list recovering from right shoulder surgery.

Carp, 26, batted .213 with six doubles, five home runs, and 20 RBI in 59 games for the Mariners last season but missed 78 of the club’s contests due to three trips to the disabled list (a favorite destination for the Red Sox).

In 2011, Carp ranked among AL rookies in batting average (3rd, .276), slugging percentage (2nd, .466), and OPS (2nd, .791), and was named to Baseball America’s MLB All-Rookie Team.  That year, he notched 17 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, and 46 RBI in a career-high 79 games for the Mariners.

“It’s definitely a better opportunity for me than staying in Seattle as far as their needs go and my chance to get as many at-bats as possible,” Carp told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

Carp said he’s been told he’ll be used at first base, in left field and at designated hitter,

Carp was last year’s Opening Day left fielder for Seattle, but sprained his shoulder diving for a ball the first game of the season in Japan.