The Boston Red Sox have traded Mike Carp to the Texas Rangers.
The left-handed batting Carp had a stellar 2013 campaign as a platoon, part-time type player. Primarily because of his ability to smash right-handed pitching, Carp was able to post a .296/.362/.523 slash line as a proudly bearded member of the world champion Red Sox.
That is certainly not how things have panned out for Carp in 2014. Through 42 games Carp is batting just .198/.320/.279 with zero home runs. Ultimately that forced Boston’s hand and they designated him for assignment on Saturday.
Just one day later, they have found a deal for him with the Rangers. Other than Carp heading to Texas, the terms are yet unknown. Bob Nightengale reported the news.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 3, 2014
Boston had some trade interest in Carp this past off-season, with some rumors linking them to a possible deal to a first base-needy team like the Milwaukee Brewers. To trade him at that point would have been to sell high on his inflated numbers from 2013.
By trading him now, the Red Sox front office ends up doing the exact opposite. As for the Rangers, they have been running options in and out of the lineup at first base this season. Having auditioned and parted ways with Carlos Pena, they will now take a similarly low-risk flier on Carp for first base and designated hitter at-bats.
Carp is a career .260 hitter, playing 2014 on a one-year, $1.4 million deal.