Mike Carp –> Boston
The M’s had until Thursday to work out a deal for recently DFA’d 1B/LF Mike Carp, and they seemed to be taking their time because multiple teams were interested. Milwaukee’s rash of injuries made them a potential buyer, and Toronto looked likely given that they’re a contender with real problems at 1B. Tampa might have been interesting, Houston’s still just trying to accumulate warm bodies, and Boston had been interested in Carp for months. This morning, the M’s finally selected the highest bidder, and in return for sending Carp to the Red Sox the M’s get… a PTBNL or cash, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Sure, we don’t yet know who the PTBNL is, as that is the definition of the acronym PTBNL, but the ‘or cash’ thing really sets your sights lower. I obviously wasn’t a party to these negotiations, but it’s odd that the M’s weren’t able to get more for Carp – either by packaging him with Shawn Kelley or just on his own. Interest from multiple teams doesn’t mean *strong* interest from multiple teams and all, but it’s nearly impossible to argue that Carp’s designation didn’t affect his value. A team who wants Carp could, theoretically, offer little and hold firm, knowing that the M’s would lose him for nothing in a matter of days. Obviously, interest from more than one team – especially a team that doesn’t have an early waiver claim – should ameliorate that, but it’s hard to see evidence that it did in this case.
Boston gets a left-handed hitter without extreme platoon splits and projections in the 1-1.5 WAR range for 2013. The Red Sox have a LF who’s easily worse defensively than Carp, and a 1B/DH with a degenerative hip condition, so Carp figures to get some playing time.