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Rangers claim Mike Carp off waivers from Red Sox

Carp recently asked the Red Sox to trade him due to limited playing time this season.

Jared Wickerham

The Rangers have claimed Mike Carp off waivers from the Red Sox, according to a major league source. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was first to report that the Rangers had acquired Carp.

Carp, 28, recently asked for a trade from the Red Sox after only receiving 103 major league plate appearances in season's first four months. He hit .198/.320/.279 in that time with Boston while registering only 9 RBI after a breakout season in which he hit .296/.362/.523 with nine home runs and 43 RBI off the bench for the world champion Red Sox.

Carp will likely become the Rangers' starting first baseman for the rest of the season in the wake of injuries to Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland, and could serve as outfield depth for Texas next season when Fielder and Moreland return. Carp, a lifetime .260/.335/.427 hitter in six major league seasons with Seattle (2009-2012) and Boston (2013-2014), is under team control through the 2016 season and could be a valuable bench piece for the Rangers if they are contenders again next season.