Nationals sign Mike Carp

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Veteran first baseman/corner outfielder Mike Carp has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Nationals that includes an invitation to spring training.

Carp hit very well for the Red Sox as a part-timer in 2013, batting .296 with an .885 OPS in 86 games, but last season he hit just .175 in 59 games for the Red Sox and Rangers.

He’s a career .254 hitter with a .744 OPS through age 28, which is slightly above-average production overall, and if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching the left-handed-hitting Carp could be especially useful. He’ll compete for a bench gig in Washington.