Red Sox Trade For 1B Carp

Red Sox Release

FORT MYERS, FL—The
Boston Red Sox today acquired first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp from
the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash
considerations.  To make room for Carp on the 40-man roster, outfielder
Ryan Kalish was placed on the 60-day disabled list recovering from right
shoulder surgery. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben
Cherington made the announcement.

 

Carp,
26, batted .213 with six doubles, five home runs, and 20 RBI in 59
games for the Mariners last season but missed 78 of the club's contests
due to three trips to the disabled list.  Between 37 minor league
rehabilitation games with Triple-A Tacoma and High-A High Desert, the
left-handed hitter combined to bat .250 with nine doubles, three home
runs, and 21 RBI.  Over his final 25 games of the season in the majors,
he hit .293 (22-for-75) with three doubles, a home run, and seven RBI.

 

In 2011, Carp ranked among AL rookies in batting average (3rd, .276), slugging percentage (2nd, .466), and OPS (2nd, .791), and was named to Baseball America's
MLB All-Rookie Team.  That year, he notched 17 doubles, one triple, 12
home runs, and 46 RBI in a career-high 79 games for the Mariners.  

 

Originally
a ninth-round selection of the New York Mets in the 2004 June Draft,
Carp has hit .255 with 28 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, and 71 RBI
in 173 games in his major league career, all for the Mariners
(2009-12).  He owns a career .300 batting average (39-for-130) against
left-handed pitchers.  Defensively, he has posted a .997 fielding
percentage in 82 career games (77 starts) at first base.  He has also
appeared in the outfield, playing 52 games (48 starts) in left field and
one game in right.  

 

Kalish,
24, underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy and posterior
labrum repair in late January.  In 36 games with Boston last season, he
hit .229 with three doubles and five RBI.