Rangers claim Mike Carp off waivers from Red Sox

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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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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