Red Sox trade rumors: Pirates interested in Mike Carp

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates are looking for a first baseman and have added the Red Sox Mike Carp to their list.

The Pirates are looking for a left-handed hitting first baseman to pair with righty Gaby Sanchez and they reportedly are interested in Red Sox utility man Mike Carp, according to John Perrotto.

The Pirates have had trouble finding a steady bat to play first base and 2014 looks like it will not be exceptional in that regard. In the last few years, they have employed the likes of Lyle Overbay, Casey McGehee , Garrett Jones, Justin Morneau and Sanchez, resulting in varying degrees of mediocrity. Sanchez hit fairly well in part-time duty in 2013 (he posted a .361 OBP in 320 plate appearances), so they may be able to make it work if they can find the right lefty to pair with him.

That lefty just might be Mike Carp. The 27-year-old enjoyed the best season of his career in his first year in Boston, hitting .296/.362/.523 in 243 plate appearances for the champs. The Red Sox took great care to protect him from left-handed pitching and he rewarded them greatly. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter and they could look to sell high on him. They received him from the Mariners prior to the 2013 season in one of those "player to be named later or cash" deals. If they could nab a nice prospect for him, it would be a nice little net gain.

More from SB Nation MLB:

The best remaining free agents in a post-Cano world

Neyer: Hall of Fame adds Torre, La Russa and Cox

Shin-Soo Choo, the last premium free agent available

Roy Halladay to retire a Blue Jay

Death of a Ballplayer: Wrongly convicted prospect spends 27 years in prison

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.