Could the Milwaukee Brewers be set to reel in a carp…as in first baseman Mike Carp?
The Brewers just received news that promising first baseman Mat Gamel will be sidelined for the entire 2013 with a severe knee injury. An MRI revealed that Gamel had re injured his surgically repaired knee that kept him sidelined last season.
Gamel managed only 21 games last season with the Brew Crew before suffering the initial injury. The former 4th round pick has a career .229 career average in 106 career games for the Brewers spanning over 5 seasons.
The Brewers could look to add recently designated first baseman Mike Carp to shore up their corner infield. Carp was designated for assignment 5 days ago by the Seattle Mariners after they signed pitcher Joe Saunders.
Carp had a disappointing 2012 season after turning some heads the season before. Carp is a career .255 hitter with 18 home runs in 173 games over 4 seasons with the Mariners. The 26 years old sports a .997 fielding percentage and would service the Brewers nicely in the interim if a deal with the Mariners can be agreed upon.
If the carp aren’t biting the Brewers could try their luck with free agent veteran Carlos Lee who has yet to latch on with a team. Lee spent last season with with both the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins where he connected for 9 home runs in 147 contests. The 36 year old has resume includes 358 career home runs and could add some punch to the Brewers line-up.
The Brewers could also look at internal options on the farm where Sean Halton stroked 17 home runs with the Nashville Sounds in the Pacific Coast League and Hunter Morris blasted 28 round trippers as a member of the double A Huntsville Stars.
Regardless how it plays out the Brewers will make a move in the coming days, my bet is the land a carp.