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Report: Brewers Interested In Mike Carp

The Milwaukee Brewers are keeping an eye on Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp this spring, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The Pittsburgh Pirates are also said to have interest.

This isn’t the first time the Brewers have scouted the left-handed hitting Carp. Before the 2013 season, Milwaukee was considering signing Carp after Corey Hart went down with an injury. But Carp headed off to Boston, leaving the Brewers to use Yuniesky Betancourt at first base for most of the season.

The Brewers have signed first basemen Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds this offseason, but neither are seen as everyday players. Overbay is 37 and Reynolds strikes out too much to be reliable. Juan Francisco is also in the mix for the starting job.

Carp, 27, hit .296 with nine home runs and 43 RBI off the bench for the Red Sox in 2013. Unlike Overbay, Reynolds and Francisco, Carp has the ability to hit for a decent average while still putting up solid power numbers.

The Brewers will only go after Carp if they feel he is capable playing every day, and if they believe he can be the future first baseman in Milwaukee as well.

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  • Dennis Hippert

    So I suppose it comes down to how many strikeouts we’re really willing to accept for power. Small sample size, but Carp is sitting at a career strikeout rate of about 25%, where Reynolds and Francisco are both around 32%, with OPS of all three right in the same range (per Baseball Reference). And, while I’m checking stats, I see his fielding percentage is higher at 1B to boot.

    All I’ve read indicates the asking price is high, but what does that mean? Interesting situation to keep an eye on.

    • Justin Schultz

      I agree it will be interesting to see what happens, but I don’t expect anything. Adding Carp would just bring another left-handed hitting first baseman to Milwaukee.