- Dec 4, 2009
Mike Carp, who found tremendous success in limited playing time with the Red Sox in 2013, could still be traded before Opening Day, according to a source
Carp filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday and has until Friday to come to an agreement with the Red Sox, otherwise the two sides would go to an arbitration panel to determine his salary for 2014. While some players sign contract extensions to avoid arbitration, there is "zero chance" Carp signs an extension with the Red Sox, according to the source.
The Red Sox still have 2 1/2 months before Opening Day to finalize their 2014 roster, and Carp could be one of the moving pieces left.
While one general manager indicated in December that the Red Sox have appeared unwilling to discuss trades for Carp or Daniel Nava in the past, Carp has significant value after a career year and he comes with an inexpensive salary, which is expected to be around $1.3 million in 2014, according to MLB Trade Rumors. He isn't eligible for free agency until 2017.
(abs said to let the rumor thread die, and I could not find a Carp related thread to post this in)