Red Sox acquire Mike Carp from Seattle
Carp, 26, was designated for assignment by the Mariners last week, and multiple teams – including the Brewers, who lost first baseman Mat Gamel for the season with a torn ACL over the weekend – were reportedly interested in the slugger, who over parts of four years in Seattle has compiled a line of .255-18-71 with 28 doubles in 173 games and 608 plate appearances.
"It’s definitely a better opportunity for me than staying in Seattle as far as their needs go and my chance to get as many at-bats as possible,” Carp told the Seattle Times of the deal. “I have a chance to go to a great organization and should really get a chance to play. I’m looking forward to showing them what I can do.”
Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington had said that the team was looking for a left-handed hitter who can play both first base and left field to spell Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes respectively; Boston had signed veteran Lyle Overbay to a Minor League deal earlier this winter, and now add Carp, who is out of Minor League options, to that competition.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed outfielder Ryan Kalish, who had shoulder surgery earlier this winter, on the 60-day disabled list.
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