Last week the Red Sox avoided arbitration with Mike Carp and signed him to a one year deal.
This looked like a great backup to Mike Napoli at first base, with eventual help for the outfield, be that a very deep backup for eventual injuries. It gives Manager John Farrell a lot of options in a long season where you might need someone like Mike Carp who in 2013 was hitting .296 with 18 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 43 RBIs and 22 walks in a career-high 86 games.
Expect the Red Sox to hang on to Mike Carp and see how all the outfielders settle into Spring Training. As that progresses they will most likely have a clear choice, be that using him in a trade or keeping him around to back up first base.
Can Grady Sizemore produce again and reduce the value of Mike Carp enough to win a spot on the Red Sox bench?
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell