Re: The success of Carp
posted at 6/9/2013 10:11 AM EDT
Mike Carp was forced out by Seattle's offseason acquisitions* of Kendrys Morales, Mike Morse, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay, who have posted OPS+ of 137, 114, 114 and 111 this season on a team that purportedly was in desperate need of offense.
I was hoping that Carp would perform well in Boston and the nearly 27-year-old certainly has improved over last season:
2012 189 PA, .213/.312/.341/.654, OPS+ 88
2013 89 PA, .317/.360/.659/1.018, OPS+ 165
Carp's true value probably falls somewhere in-between, but the Red Sox control Carp for three more seasons to find out.
Each January the M's tour the state with the Mariner Caravan, which bring a broadcaster and two lesser players to each stop. This year I attended an event that featured Mike Carp and John Jaso, two players who were traded away before Opening Day. Two years ago that stop featured Doug Fister and Josh Wilson, neither of whom lasted the entire season with the Mariners.
But I digress ...
* Morales was the only addition I supported, in part because none of the four acquisitions remains under team control after this season.