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.

Mariners to hire Tim Laker as their hitting coach

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Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to hire Tim Laker as their new hitting coach. He’ll replace Edgar Martinez, who has moved into a different role with the club.

Laker has spent the past spent the past two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach. Before that he was a coach and manager in the minor league systems of the Indians and White Sox. He, of course, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a catcher, playing for the Indians, Expos, Devil Rays, Pirates and Orioles.