Pirates Scouting First Baseman Mike Carp

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.

He is seen as a platoon option, but his numbers against lefties have actually been decent in limited exposure. Carp has also played left field during his career, including 31 starts there in 2013, so he could also provide outfield depth, though there is obviously a big difference between left field at Fenway Park and left field at PNC Park.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

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.

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  • Ron Loreski

    Carp and Matt Adams are the only two players I’d like to see the Bucs bring in. Otherwise they should go with Lambo.

  • buster09

    There is a better chance of YOU playing for the Pirates Ron than Matt Adams ! Unless it would be a three team deal and one of the GMs lied to Mozeliak,Adams will not be playing in PNC with the Bucs. John,I can’t imagine what the Red Sox actually need in any deal,can you ?

    • John Dreker

      The price must be high if there was a lot of interest early and nothing got done. They don’t really need Carp, but he is a nice bench piece to have. I’d say they are probably looking for prospects, maybe depth pitching

      • buster09

        I would guess that they are asking for a prospect along the lines of a Kingham or Glasnow. They have quite a string of prospects themselves,and actually impress me for their scouting and development program,even more so than the Cardinals ( there,I said it ! ) due to the fact that they could have gone the route of the Angels,Yankees and even the Mariners.

        • Y2JGQ2

          There is noone on the redsox team worthy of glasnow, much less carp…….. Carp would be worth Welker plus Cumpton and/or Bryan Morris. Maybe Matheson and Morris, As long as we trade from places of strength (immediate SP depth and bullpen, catching prospects, outfield prospects) get it done

  • Lee Young

    Depends on the price….

  • jsn4219

    David Cooper just got designated by Cleveland..interesting lefty bat, never had a big opportunity in the bigs yet…

    • Honusty

      Looks kind of interesting. They need to create a roster spot.

      • jg941

        Exit visas are imminent for Oliver and Sands, I’m sure.

        • imadushbag

          sands got claimed by tampa

    • Buck Starr

      Had some monster numbers in the minors, 51 doubles one year.
      I would snap him up in a heartbeat. Good sized left handed hitter with doubles power (which usually translates to HR power in time). # 1 draft pick of Toronto in 2008 (17th pick in nation).

      Heard that he had possible career ending surgery on his back and that was what kept him from becoming the everyday Toronto first baseman. Looks to be 100% healthy now.

    • imadushbag

      yes, lets get it done.

  • emjayinTN

    I know that Lambo is only batting .111, but the other AAA option we have, Chris McGuiness, who actually is a 1B, is hitting .500, 4 for 8 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Forget Carp, because Ben Cherrington is not the type of guy to give anything away, and he will be asking a lot. Let’s see where ST takes us – almost a month before the regular season begins.