Red Sox acquire Mike Carp from Seattle

02/20/2013 11:31 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Mike Carp hit .213 with five homers in 59 games for Seattle in 2012.(AP)
The Boston Red Sox added a much-desired left-handed hitter to their roster Wednesday, acquiring first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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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