Carp traded to Red Sox
First baseman Mike Carp, who was designated for assignment last week, was traded by the Mariners to the Red Sox on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash.
Carp, 26, opened last season as Seattle’s starting left fielder, but sprained his throwing shoulder diving for a ball on Opening Day in Tokyo and wound up missing considerable time.
Carp hit just .213 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 59 games last year. In four seasons in Settle, he batted .255 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs, including a 20-game hit streak after getting called up in the second half of 2011.
He finished that year batting .276 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs and seemed to have found a place in the Mariners lineup, but last year’s injuries – which also included a strained groin muscle later in the year – hampered his efforts.
When the Mariners acquired Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez over the offseason, Carp’s chances of finding playing time diminished and he was designated for assignment on Feb. 12 to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Joe Saunders.