BOSTON — Mike Carp got his wish. Unhappy with his playing time and seeking more regular at-bats, Carp is no longer a member of the Red Sox and is headed to what he hopes are greener pastures.
The Texas Rangers acquired Carp off waivers Sunday after the Red Sox designated him for assignment on Friday. He moves from one last-place club to another, as the Rangers currently occupy the cellar in the American League West.
“For his desire to get more additional at-bats, I can’t say the role he’s going to get there, but we wish him well,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Carp was a valuable member of the 2013 World Series championship team, batting .296 in 216 at-bats. As a key left-handed hitter off the bench, Carp batted .263 with a .417 on-base percentage as a pinch hitter last season.
His production and playing time dropped off this season, however, and he was batting .198 in 86 at-bats at the time he was DFA’d.