Mike Carp opts out of minor league deal with Dodgers

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Veteran first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers two weeks ago, has opted out of the deal according to MLB Trade Rumors.

No word yet on whether Carp has another deal lined up, so it’s possible he decided to leave simply because the playing time in the Triple-A lineup was going to be sparse for the 28-year-old.

Carp put up big numbers in a part-time role for the Red Sox during their championship-winning 2013 season and has a solid .744 career OPS, but hit .175 for the Red Sox and Rangers last season.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.