Rangers Claim Mike Carp Off Waivers

The Rangers have acquired Mike Carp from the Red Sox, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The Rangers confirmed the waiver claim and also announced they transferred right-hander Alexi Ogando to the 60-day disabled list in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Carp with a corresponding 25-man roster move coming when the outfielder/first baseman reports to the team.

After a breakout 2013 (.296/.362/.523 with nine home runs in 243 plate appearances), Carp, designated for assignment by the Red Sox Friday – less than a week after requesting a trade, has struggled mightily in 2014 with a .198/.320/.279 slash in 103 trips to the plate. But the Rangers, having lost first baseman Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland for the season due to injury, are willing to take a flyer on the 28-year-old.

He’s a year removed from a very good season and has been in a very limited role,” Rangers Assistant General Manager Thad Levine said (as quoted by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News). “He’s had previous success…We hope he can return to that success.

The Rangers have been relying on J.P. Arencibia to man first base since the All-Star break, but he has hit a meager .186/.242/.389 to date. Carp looks to receive substantial playing time at first either in a platoon with Arencibia or as the full-time starter. The Rangers will also give Carp an opportunity in the outfield, according to Levine.

We envision him getting time at first base and corner outfield, probably more left field than right,” said Levine (as quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson. “Like we’ve been doing with other players, we’re going to audition Mike and see if he can be part of a winning situation in 2015 and beyond and what role he’d be playing in that.

The Rangers have control over Carp, earning $1.4MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility, through the 2016 season.

14 Responses to Rangers Claim Mike Carp Off Waivers Leave a Reply

  1. Captain 11 months ago

    Would that be a box of new balls or used balls the Red Sox got in return?

    • start_wearing_purple 11 months ago

      Used. But I heard the Rangers agreed to throw in a small bag of sunflower seeds.

      • Ray Ray 11 months ago

        Hopefully those seeds were just original and not ranch flavored. Those ranch seeds would be a massive overpay.

  2. stevecaz 11 months ago

    WELL .. so much for that Carp for Trout all MIKE fish trade I was hoping for!

  3. Sufferfortribe 11 months ago

    Well, on a positive note, this pickup increased your 1st baseman’s batting average by 12 points.

  4. L Barnett 11 months ago

    Good luck for Mike rooting for him

  5. junqueball 11 months ago

    Good luck to him. He was plenty brave to pitch when asked, I have a lot of respect for him.

    • Joseph Jonathan Herrera 11 months ago

      Sad part is that he pitched better than he hit this year. I wish him well too, he was a great role player last season.

  6. Said he wanted to be moved, so there you go, goes from a bad team, to an even worse team

    • John Cate 11 months ago

      He wants to play. And the Red Sox weren’t going to push Napoli or Big Papi out of the lineup to play him.

  7. John Cate 11 months ago

    Well, if Texas doesn’t work out, I’m sure Carp can find work with the Hiroshima team in Nippon Professional Baseball. He’d fit right in.

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