According to Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com, there is "zero chance" that the Red Sox sign Mike Carp to a contract extension before the Friday deadline. Carp could still agree to an arbitrated contract with the team. The Red Sox got enormous value out of Carp in 2013 after acquiring him in February from the Mariners. The 27-year old played in just 86 games, but hit .296 with a .362 OBP. He also clubbed nine HRs and drove in 43. Moreover, he gave John Farrell defensive flexibility by playing LF, RF, 1B and DH. He has been a hot commodity all off-season on the trade market, and could fetch back a fairly significant player or prospect down the road.