The arrival of Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales may have pushed Mike Carp out of the Seattle Mariners picture, but the DFA’d lefty-hitting first baseman/outfielder now finds himself quite the wanted man:
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik‘s apparently timeline sounds to me like there could be a little bit of an old-fashioned bidding war being set up here.
The Milwaukee Brewers could move aggressively here after the news on Mat Gamel being out of the season; but, among the teams that could use the services of the 26-year old, it’s the Baltimore Orioles could arguably provide both the the best fit for the player, and for the Mariners in terms of what they would want in return.
The addition of Carp would provide the Orioles with a much-needed plan B in left field, where Nolan Reimold – who is coming off a lost season due to neck surgery – is slated to play full-time. Though there’s a lot of potential upside in Reimold, how he’ll perform is by no means a sure thing, and the team has already been rumored to be eyeing Bobby Abreu as a contingency plan.
Carp, a career .255/.327/.413 hitter who has a good pop in his bat, is a considerably better option, and could be exactly what the Orioles have been looking for during the past off-season.
Especially considering that he hits .310 against lefties, that he also plays first base gives the team flexibility at the DH/first base spot as well, as the O’s could platoon him with switch-hitter Wilson Betemit against southpaws.
As for the cost, it’s unclear what it would take to acquire the hitter, but the M’s have never shied on stocking up on young pitching before, and the Orioles have that in spades, as no less that four young pitchers will be competing for the final rotation spot.
Will the O’s consider willing to part with one of their MLB-ready starters like Jake Arrieta for lefty hitter off the bench, and a potential insurance policy for Reimold?
It may ultimately be too high of a price to pay, but the Orioles are short a backup bat, and the hesitation to give up pitching – which a team can never have enough of – could give way to need.