Dodgers sign Mike Carp to minor league deal

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From Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA comes word that the Dodgers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with Mike Carp. The 28-year-old first baseman and outfielder will report to the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Carp was released by the Nationals at the end of spring training after failing to win an Opening Day roster spot. But he has a decent .744 OPS (108 OPS+) in exactly 1,000 career major league plate appearances and will serve as quality organizational outfield depth this summer for Los Angeles.

Carp, a ninth-round pick back in 2004, has played for the Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers in parts of six big league seasons.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.