According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting first baseman Mike Carp of the Boston Red Sox. He also mentions that the Milwaukee Brewers have been looking at Carp. Early in the off-season, there were a lot of teams interested in Carp, but the Red Sox were asking a lot in return.
Carp would give the Pirates a 27-year-old lefty first baseman with three years of control left. He is due to make $1.4 M this year, coming off a season in which he hit .296/.362/.523 in 86 games for the Red Sox. He had just 28 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers in 2013 and in his five big league seasons, he is hitting .295/.337/.455 in 156 at-bats against lefties. Those numbers are actually slightly better than his numbers against right-handed pitchers.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.