Rangers claim Mike Carp off waivers from Red Sox

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Mike Carp figures to take over as the new first baseman in Texas.
Mike Carp figures to take over as the new first baseman in Texas. (USATSI)

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The Rangers have claimed first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp off waivers from the Red Sox, the team announced. Boston designated him for assignment the other day. Carp reportedly requested a trade last month.

Carp, 28, is hitting only .198/.320/.279 (70 OPS+) with five doubles and no home runs in 42 games and 103 plate appearances this season. He missed a little more than a month with a broken foot after being hit by a pitch.

Carp was a force off the bench for the Red Sox during their run to the World Series last year. He hit .296/.362/.523 (140 OPS+) with 18 doubles, nine home runs and 43 RBI in 86 games and 243 plate appearances as a part-time player/pinch-hitter.

Texas has lost both Prince Fielder (neck) and Mitch Moreland (ankle) to injury for the rest of the season, so they've had a revolving door at first base almost all year. Nine different players have started a game at the position and Carp figures to make it 10.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Carp, Alexi Ogando (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The team says they will make a 25-man move when Carp reports to the club.

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