The Rays Have A Possibility To Reel In Mike Carp

By Dereck Violante

So many names get discussed and mentioned throughout every off season.   Most of those name are nothing more than speculation as to what teams could or should do.  A Mike Carp to the Rays trade has the potential to become a real possibility now.  As of February 12th the Seattle Mariners announced they have officially designated Mike Carp for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster for the recently signed Joe Saunders.  This could be Tampa Bay’s chance to acquire a promising, young first baseman/left fielder for the future success of the organization.  Mike Carp was recently quoted during an interview with Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times as saying…

“I won’t get to play for Seattle again and that’s a shame,”  “I loved it up there in the Northwest. I consider myself fortunate to have played there. Not too many guys can say they have four years in at the big league level already starting at age 22. I still feel I have a lot to offer. I’m just getting started.”

Just getting started is right, at this point the 26 year old left-handed hitter does have much to give and has yet to reach his potential as he hasn’t even entered the prime of his career.  Carp, a ninth round pick of the New York Mets from the 2004 draft has always been known to have power potential but has not been able to translate that to the major league level.  Given the opportunity, a chance at possible full time at bats, and a winning environment could be just what he needs to pull it all together.  During his four years at the major league level Carp has not even had more than 313 at bats in a single season.

The real question is what would the Rays do to accommodate Mike Carp if a deal with Seattle can be worked out as their own 40 man roster is full and a subsequent move would need to be made.  Who would the Rays designate for assignment?  It has been speculated previously that such players as C/OF Stephen Vogt, RHP Josh Lueke, or C Robinson Chirinos could get designated if Tampa Bay needed to clear room.  A low risk move of this nature could provide an opportunity for Mike Carp to finally fulfill his potential, at worst he provides left handed depth at first base and left field at a controllable cost for a few more years, which fits right into the Rays wheelhouse.