Both the Pirates and Brewers are scouting the Red Sox and Mike Carp this spring, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Both NL Central teams are seeking first base help. Carp, 27, mashed to the tune of .296/.362/.523 (140 OPS+) with 18 doubles and nine home runs in 243 plate appearances as a part-time first baseman and part-time corner outfielder for Boston last season. They acquired him from the Mariners in a cash trade last February. The Pirates have been seeking a left-handed platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez, who managed a .333/.448/.539 batting line against southpaws in 2013. Carp, a lefty hitter, put up a .300/.367/.537 line in 215 plate appearances against righties last season. He and Sanchez would make one productive platoon.