Red Sox making a play for Mike Carp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Carp has made sense for the Red Sox for a long time now. He could be joining them soon.

The lefthanded hitting first baseman and left fielder was designated for assignment by Seattle on Feb. 12. Nick Cafardo reported on Monday that the Sox were interested and now comes word from Alex Speier of WEEI that the Sox are “hopeful” of making a deal.

The Twins and Astros also have interest. Carp, 26, hit .213/.312/.341 over 59 games last season. But he had a decent 2011 season (.276/.326/.466) season that included 12 home runs.

Carp would represent an upgrade on the bench for the Red Sox, or at least the chance at one. For the moment, they have several lefthanded hitting first basemen/outfielder types in camp including Lyle Overbay, Mark Hamilton and Mitch Maier along with switch hitter Daniel Nava.

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