All off-season I've been seeing Mike Carp's name thrown around on fan wish lists for the Pittsburgh Pirates' first base position. The only problem with this is that Carp has never really been mentioned as a guy who is available. The Pirates were mentioned as a team that was scouting him a week ago, but it hasn't seemed like the Red Sox were really shopping him.
Carp makes $1.4 M, which is affordable for Boston as a bench bat. They're an AL team, so they can afford to carry a first baseman on the bench due to the DH and the lack of pitching changes they need to make in the later innings. And the type of trade return that Carp would demand -- probably a mid-level prospect -- isn't really that valuable to a team like the Red Sox. That seemingly leaves two options. The Red Sox could keep Carp, and get more value than they would from a Grade B/C lower level pitching prospect. Or they could trade him if a team is willing to pay a high price for him.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.