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Rangers acquire Mike Carp off of waivers from the Red Sox

Aug 3, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

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The Red Sox announced that 1B/OF Mike Carp has been claimed off of waivers by the Rangers. Carp requested the Red Sox trade him in the week leading up to the trade deadline, but despite the club’s flurry of activity, Carp remained in Boston. He was designated for assignment on Friday.

The Rangers moved pitcher Alexi Ogando to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster for Carp. They’ll make a move to create room on the 25-man roster tomorrw, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Carp, a key contributor to the 2013 champion Red Sox, neither played frequently nor well this season. In 103 plate appearances, he compiled an uninspiring .198/.320/.279 slash line with zero home runs and nine RBI.

  1. Caught Looking - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Thought this was a straight waiver claim by the Rangers and not a trade.

    • Bill Baer - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Bob Nightengale, who reported it first, described it as a trade.

      Could be a misnomer though. We’ll have to see.

    • Glenn - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      After the trade deadline, a player has to clear waivers to be traded to any team (or picked by a specific team and a deal worked out, or the original team pulls the player back). He hadn’t been given an unconditional release, so it is a trade of some sort.

      • Caught Looking - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Disagree. A player can be claimed off waivers with nothing provided in return (other than a modest waiver claim fee), though after the trade deadline a team must place a player on waivers if that player is to be traded. This appears to be a straight claim.

      • Glenn - Aug 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        The Red Sox can choose not to take any compensation for him, but it is their choice. I didn’t explain myself well the first time.

      • uwsptke - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        He was DFA’d just a few days ago, not placed on the traditional revocable waivers in August. They had 10 days to work out a trade or he would be placed on irrevocable waivers, so this has to have been a trade of some sort since it hasn’t been that long yet.

  2. Caught Looking - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Guess we’ll see which is which

    OF/1B Mike Carp was claimed off waivers today and was assigned to the Texas Rangers.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 3, 2014

    • Bill Baer - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      I’ll go with the team report over Nightengale. Thanks for the catch!

  3. SocraticGadfly - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    And why? From the Rangers’ POV …

    • jwbiii - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Fielder and Moreland are injured, Arencibia isn’t doing much.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Darn, no more “Mike Carp looks like a serial killer” jokes from me I guess.

    But, on a serious note, if you don’t think Mike Carp looks like a serial killer, you are very likely to end up murdered by a serial killer. Because your radar is awful.

  5. jackrabbit56 - Aug 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Boston Red SoxVerified account ‏@RedSox

    OF/1B Mike Carp was claimed off waivers today and was assigned to the Texas Rangers.

  6. bankboy2012 - Aug 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Given that a Rangers first baseman has roughly the same life expectancy of a Spinal Tap drummer right now I’m sure Carp may end up regretting his decision to ask for a trade.

    • jilljulias - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Mr. Carp are you SURE you want to go to Texas?

      Make sure your medical insurance is up to date.

  7. irishlad19 - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Good guy, deserves a chance on a team that can use him. If he plays more often he may get his hitting back, was a key contributor for last year’s WS team in Boston.

  8. alongthegulf - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Just what the Rangers need, another player struggling to hit over the Mendoza line!
    Where does JD find the players!

    • GoRangers - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      They found him inside a can of magic beans (Boston Baked).

  9. trailbuddy - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    He hasn’t played well this year. He should fit right in.

  10. karlw68 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I remember when he was with Seattle and put up decent numbers and again for Red Sox last season.If he can regain what he had it might be a good pick up for Rangers.Time will tell on how it works.

  11. mungman69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Well, now I can go back to bed.

  12. howthenfcwestwaswon - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Can’t believe Fish is still around….

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