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The Boston Red Sox have officially acquired 1B/OF Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Red Sox had been rumored to have interest in Carp for about a week now.
In order to make room for Carp, OF Ryan Kalish was placed on the 60-day disabled list, a result of his shoulder surgery in recent months.
While the Red Sox were not the only teams interested in the 26-year-old left handed hitter, they must have made the most lucrative offer to Seattle. After acquiring Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales to play OF and 1B, respectively, Carp was deemed an excess piece by the Mariners, who also have Justin Smoak at designated hitter.
Carp will give the Red Sox another option at the backup first base position, as well as an eligible outfielder with Major League Experience. He has a career .255/.327/.413 slash line, with 18 career home runs in parts of four seasons with Seattle, accumulating 608 plate appearances.