Monday, April 29, 2013

Nobody's 'Carping' About This Red Sox Move

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As the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson points out, Red Sox OF/1B Mike Carp might be the value bargain of 2013. Acquired for nothing but cash after being released by the Mariners, Carp has performed incredibly well in limited playing time. In just 24 plate appearances, Carp is hitting a robust .455—with five doubles and two triples. His 1.364 OPS is jaw-dropping for a guy who barely made the roster out of Spring Training. Not only is Carp a dependable back-up outfielder, he is solid insurance at first base if (heaven forbid) anything happens to Mike Napoli. All in all, this is one of GM Ben Cherington's best off-season moves.