Mike Carp says he has no desire to be traded
|02.18.14 at 10:20 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Carp could be forgiven if he wanted to prioritize personal accomplishment at this stage of his career. The 27-year-old proved enormously productive in a limited role in 2013, hitting .296 with a .362 OBP, .523 slugging mark and nine homers in 86 games. Undoubtedly, it would be interesting to see what kind of production he could offer over the course of regular playing time.
But even though such a role is not immediately available to him in Boston — Carp instead represents a strong left-handed bat who gives the Sox depth at first base, in left field and at DH — he’s not going to beg to be sent elsewhere. Carp relished his role as a contributor to a championship team in 2013, and he’s content to remain in it in 2014 in hopes of assisting the Sox’ efforts to repeat as champions.
“This is where I want to be. I want to be able to contribute any way I can this year, so whatever role I have to be in, I’m happy to take that and go about my business every day,” said Carp. “My agent talks. You can’t help but hear. Your buddies will say to you, ‘You might be going somewhere else.’ But this is the only place for me. To go out and compete with these guys on the field every day, that’s all you can ask for.”
Given that Carp was designated for assignment by the Mariners at this time a year ago and that he was in limbo until the Red Sox acquired him for cash, the experience of feeling at home in Boston — even in a part-time role — made an extraordinary impact on the player and defined his goals for the coming year.
“It was amazing. To come over from where I was and mesh with these guys and to go about the winning ways that everybody contributes and pulls for each other was a lot of fun,” said Carp. “Last year was last year. It’s 2014 now. We had no expectations last year. Now we have some expectations with that World Series title under our belt. We’re going to go out and try to win every day. That’s the plan. That’s what we did last year. There’s no reason we couldn’t do it again this year.”
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