The Mariners are reported close to a trade, and Carp may, in fact, be gone as you read this.
Carp is a fresh water fish, so is unsuited for the Puget Sound waters. Doug Melvin, the Milwaukee Brewers GM, has inquired about Carp, but is not the only GM to inquire. The Brewers are interested in Carp because Cory Hart will miss the first month of the season for the Brewers, and his back up Mat Gamel, is out for the season. Milwaukee has a lot of fresh water streams and rivers, so Carp could flourish there. Carp, 26, suffered a severe shoulder sprain last season. He ended up hitting .213 in 59 games for the Mariners; but when healthy can hit with power.
The Mariners designated him for assignment because they needed to make room on the 40 man roster, and the Mariners have a crowd at first base, with Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales (who will DH until Smoak is traded or once again flops) and Mike Morse, should he be needed. The outfield is also crowded with Morse, Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay. Thus Carp was expendable.
Speaking of a crowded outfield, what happens to Eric Thames, Casper Wells, and Carlos Peguero. Tough decisions to be made.
Also gone is Shawn Kelley who was 2-4, 3.25 ERA in 2012. He was traded to the Yankees for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte, who most likely will be lost in the Mariner minor league system. Kelley pitched 44 innings, allowed 43 hits, striking out 45, walking 15. Good numbers. But Seattle has younger, stronger arms, like Carter Capps, Steven Pryor, and Chance Ruffin. The bullpen should be a strength this season. The Mariners must think so to unload Kelley.
For both Carp and Kelley it was a numbers game. It shows the Mariners have talented players, most of whom are young and on the rise. In the past Seattle had to struggle to find players to fill the roster, now they struggle to decide who to keep. Certainly a good sign.