Carp happy to be a role player with Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Carp still can’t believe his luck.

He was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade five days after the first full-squad workout last spring, earned a roster spot after not being guaranteed of anything and ended up on a World Series champion. Meanwhile, the Mariners -- the team he departed -- had their usual downtrodden season, losing 91 games.

“It was amazing, just to come over from where I was and to mesh with these guys and go about their winning ways,” he said. “Everybody contributes and everybody pulls for each other. It was a lot of fun.”

Carp was more productive than expected, with nine home runs, 43 RBIs, a .296 batting average and .362 on-base percentage in 86 games.

Carp filed for arbitration Jan. 15, but avoided it by signing a one-year, $1.4 million deal two days later.

“This is the only place for me,” he said. “To go out and compete with these guys on the field every day -- that’s all you can ask for.”

Carp, 27, was versatile, playing 41 games in left field, 29 at first base, five as a designated hitter and two in right field. He didn’t make any errors in the outfield in 43 chances. If this year plays out the same way for him, he’ll be fine with it.