The Red Sox, after weeks of drills and bullpens sessions, will finally be playing some games down in Fort Myers — facing off against Northeastern and Boston College Thursday afternoon and evening.
CSNNE’s Sean McAdam is down in Florida and spoke with Johnston & Flynn, who were in for Toucher & Rich, on Thursday morning about newly acquired Mike Carp, pitchers Felix Doubront and Alfredo Aceves, and how Boston’s prospects are looking this spring.
The Red Sox acquired first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash. What does Carp bring to the table?
“He potentially provides some insurance,” said McAdam. “Of course they need someone at first base because they’re not sure about MIke Napoli’s hip, and even when Napoli’s hip is okay he doesn’t have a whole lot of experience at first base. I think he’s played 130 games or so in his career.”
How could Carp contribute offensively?
“He had some issues with his shoulder last year that sent him to the disabled list a few times, so he only hit .213 with five home runs,” said McAdam. “Certainly nothing to get too excited about, but the year before he hit 12 homers and 46 RBI in about half a season worth of at bats.”
Felix Doubront showed up to spring training overweight and with a sore arm. He was held off from throwing until Wednesday when he threw a bullpen session.
“Doubront threw about 25 pitches in the bullpen and apparently not with great intensity,” said McAdam. “That was by design.”
They also discussed if there were any prospects that were standing out that could be factors in the 2013 season.