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 Ca...

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