Red Sox designate Mike Carp for assignment

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Mike Carp reportedly requested a trade from the Red Sox last week, but after failing to find a taker before yesterday’s deadline they’ve designated him for assignment.

It’s still possible that the Red Sox will be able to work out a deal for Carp in the next 10 days, but in the meantime he’s been removed from the 40-man roster and could be headed for the waiver wire.

Carp hit very well for Boston in a part-time role last season, batting .296 with nine homers, 18 doubles, and an .885 OPS in 243 plate appearances, but he batted just .198 this year. Still, as a 28-year-old left-handed hitter with a lifetime .763 OPS you’d think some team could find room for the first baseman/left fielder on their roster.

Report: MLB likely to unilaterally implement pace of play changes

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.

Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”

The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.

It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.