Mike Carp Cut

In case you missed it, the Seattle Mariners DFA’d Mike Carp.

Why do you care? Because you’re a Mets fan, and you vaguely remember Carp’s name at some point in the latter half of the 21st century’s first decade. Maybe you remember the 19 homers he hit as a 19-year-old in only 89 games in the Sally League. Or perhaps you recall him pounding Florida State pitchers as a 20-year-old, earning him status as the Mets #8 prospect. Or, maybe you remember wondering why the Mets would trade him and 17 other guys for Sean Green.

Regardless, he was originally drafted and signed by the Mets, he grew up in the Mets farm system, so you might have some kind of emotional attachment.

As it turned out, Carp had a promising year in 2011, hitting 12 homers and posting a .791 OPS in 79 games. However, he followed it up with a disappointing, injury-riddled 2012, hitting .213 in 59 games with the Mariners. He fought a nagging shoulder issue that began in spring training, then later dealt with a hip problem. It was bad timing for Carp, as M’s regular first baseman Justin Smoak was struggling mightily and Carp had the chance to take his job.

Instead, Carp’s job as the backup 1B/DH for Seattle is gone — he was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for recently signed LHP Joe Saunders. It sounds like there’s a good chance another club will make a move for Carp, though it won’t be the Mets — the last thing they need is a lefthanded-hitting first baseman / DH. On the one hand, I hope he hooks on with someone and does well. On the other hand, I secretly wish he moves on to Japan to play for Hiroshima, so he can have his name on both sides of his jersey.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 February 20, 2013 at 11:35 am
    …….and subsequently dealt to the BoSox.

    Red Sox acquired 1B/OF Mike Carp from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Carp was designated for assignment last week, so the Mariners had until Thursday to find him a new home. The 26-year-old is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he batted just 213/.312/.341 with five home runs and a .654 OPS in 189 plate appearances, but the Red Sox likely view him as insurance for Mike Napoli at first base. And it’s not a terrible idea given the price tag involved. It’s worth noting that Carp is out of options this spring, so he would have to be exposed to waivers if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster.

    Feb 20 – 10:05 AM


    • Joe Janish February 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm
      Thanks for the update.

      I can see Carp hanging around in MLB for a few years, carving out a career similar to Lyle Overbay.