Brewers have checked on Carp

Mariners general manager Jack Zdurencik told me tonight that he was engaged with a “good number” of teams about Mike Carp, the outfielder-first baseman designated for assignment last week, and was closing on a trade.

“I would say there’s a good chance we get something done in the next 24-48 hours,” Zdurencik said.

Could he go to the Brewers? Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin, Zdurencik’s former boss when Zdurencik was the Brewers’ amateur scouting director, confirmed he’d called about Carp but reiterated he was focused at the moment on finding an internal solution to the club’s first base quandary. The Brewers will be without injured first baseman Corey Hart for at least the first month of the season, and on Monday they lost Hart’s fill-in, Mat Gamel, to a season-ending knee injury.

Zduriencik’s leverage is limited because Carp has been designated for assignment, but he does not intend to simply give the player away.

“This is a good player,” Zduriencik said. “He had a 20-game hitting streak for us [in 2011] and he’s been a 30-home run guy for us in the Minor Leagues. It’s just that with [Justin] Smoak and Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse … it’s gotten a little crowded and we needed a roster spot.”

The Mariners have until Friday to trade Carp, release him or assign him outright to the Minor Leagues. The 26-year-old opened last year as Seattle’s starting left fielder but sprained his shoulder diving for a ball in the regular-season opener in the Tokyo Dome and hit just .213 in 59 games while spending much of the season on the disabled list. He was expected to be limited to first-base duties this year.


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