Source: Interest in Mike Carp might be heating up

Rob Bradford
December 09, 2013 - 6:12 am

ORLANDO -- According to an industry source, there appears to be growing interest in Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp. With Mike Napoli coming back on a two-year, $36 million deal, Carp still remains a backup at first base and in the outfield (behind Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes).The 27-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the first time, this offseason. Teams that could have interest in Carp include Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, with two of the Red Sox' American League East rivals, Tampa Bay and Baltimore, also seemingly in the market for a player with Carp's skill-set. Carp finished 2013 with the second-best slugging percentage on the Red Sox (.523), hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .362 to go along with 18 doubles and nine homers in 86 games. Check back for more coverage from the winter meetings, with the Salk and Holley Show broadcasting live from the Swan and Dolphin Hotel from 2-6 p.m. Monday.