Orioles agree to minor league deal with first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, pending physical

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Former MLB outfielder Mike Carp, who has shown good on-base ability, is joining the Orioles on MiL deal.

With their corner-outfield picture crowded but unsettled at the major league level, the Orioles have taken a flier on outfielder Mike Carp on a minor league deal, according to an industry source.

Carp, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2014 and played for barely a week in Triple-A last season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, will have a physical with the Orioles on Sunday, according to a source.

He did not receive an invitation to major league spring training, but could factor into the outfield situation as the season progresses should he regain the form he had earlier in his career.

Carp competed for a roster spot last season in spring training with the Washington Nationals, but was beaten out by veteran minor leaguer Clint Robinson and exercised his opt-out at the end of camp. He had two hits in 22 at-bats for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season before he was released.

In his last season in the majors, Carp spent 59 combined games with the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, batting .175/.289/.230 with 13 RBIs. His best offensive season came the year before in 2013, when he played a career-high 86 games and hit .296/.362/.523 with nine homers and 43 RBIs in 216 at-bats.

Carp has played primarily first base and left field in his career. First base is sufficiently covered on the Orioles roster with Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo, as well as prospects Christian Walker and Trey Mancini also in the fold. The latter is a position the Orioles hope will belong to South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, who does not have a hit in three spring training games so far.

The list of corner-outfield options already on the 40-man roster includes Trumbo, Nolan Reimold, Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard, Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez. Jimmy Paredes, who also plays some outfield, is dealing with a wrist injury.

Carp’s intrigue here might be his on-base ability. Even in limited roles, and though he’s failed to produce much lately, he has shown an ability to get on base with a career .330 on-base percentage. The Orioles had only three regulars above that mark in 2015.

Carp initially posted about the signing on his Instagram account, as was noted by Barstool Sports' Jared Carrabis.

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