Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
Several clubs are showing interest in the recently DFA-ed first baseman, though Milwaukee may have the most pressing need.
With the additions of Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay, Kendrys Morales, and Michael Morse this winter, the Seattle Mariners ran out of room on their active roster for left-handed hitting corner infielder/outfielder Mike Carp, so they DFA-ed him in the middle of last week.
There's always a chance that Carp will make his way through waivers and start the season with Seattle's Triple-A club, but with the amount of interest he's garnering from clubs around the league, it seems much more likely that he will be traded sometime this week.
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With the news that Mat Gamel will miss all of 2013, and with Corey Hart expected to miss at least the first month of the season, the Brew Crew is dire need of first base help. GM Doug Melvin said the Brewers are prioritizing an in-house solution to their first base issues, but that they have been in contact with the M's about Carp, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com:
Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin... confirmed he’d called about Carp but reiterated he was focused at the moment on finding an internal solution to the club’s first base quandary...
[Seattle GM Jack] Zduriencik’s leverage is limited because Carp has been designated for assignment, but he does not intend to simply give the player away.
The Mariners have until Friday to trade, release, or outright Carp, but they may not wait that long. Per McCalvy, Jack Z. thinks that the club will move him "in the next 24-48 hours."
A career .255/.327/.413 hitter with 18 home runs in 608 plate appearances spread over four seasons, Carp should be a nice fill-in option at first base (or in the outfield) wherever he ends up.