The Texas Rangers designated Mike Carp for assignment yesterday. It wasn’t exactly breaking news or a surprise.
1B-OF Mike Carp has been designated for assignment. RHP Nick Tepesch has been optioned to Round Rock. Can be recalled when RR season over.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) August 30, 2014
Before he was acquired by the Rangers he spent the first half of the season with the Boston Red Sox. Last season he had a batting line of .296/.362/.523/.885 over 86 games/216 at-bats. But, this season has been completely different for him. He suffered several injuries, one that included a broken foot this season. While he was with the Red Sox he only batted .198 over 42 games/86 at-bats.
The Rangers were in need of a first baseman this season and it seemed like catcher Chris Gimenez and J.P. Arencibia were going to fill that spot for the remainder of the season. But, the Rangers some reason picked up Mike Carp to see what he could do.
Mike Carp was probably another player the Rangers were auditioning for next season. He had played well in the past, but some reason he’s not figuring it out right now.
He departs from the Rangers only batting .125 over 17 games/40 at-bats. He’s just a few ticks worse than J.P. Arencibia and Jim Adduci on Rangers 25-man roster.
He does still have plenty of talent and will probably figure things out. Maybe there are still lingering issues with his foot or just never found his groove. But, surely he’ll land somewhere next season. If nothing else he did have a great ride in Boston last year during their World Series season.