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Dodgers sign Mike Carp to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have signed journeyman first baseman and outfielder Mike Carp to a minor league contract, and plan to start him at Triple-A Oklahoma City this week.

Carp, who turns 29 on June 30, has hit .254/.330/.414 with 27 home runs in 318 career games over six seasons with the Mariners, Red Sox and Rangers. He hit just .175/.289/.230 with no home runs in 59 games in 2014 between the Red Sox and Rangers.

The left-handed-hitting Carp graduated from nearby Lakewood High School, roughly 24 miles from Dodger Stadium.

Carp will make a pro-rated portion of $1 million if he makes the majors with the Dodgers, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Nationals signed Carp to a minor league deal on January 12 with an invitation to spring training, and was 8-for-40 with a home run and seven walks in the Grapefruit League, hitting .200/.340/.275 during spring training. He lost out on a spot on Washington's bench to old friend Clint Robinson, then exercised an out clause in his contract to become a free agent on April 6.

So far this season, Oklahoma City has had Kyle Jensen start eight times at first base, O`Koyea Dickson seven starts, and Lars Anderson two starts. Both Jensen and Dickson have also seen time in the outfield, and Dickson is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder sprain.

If Carp doesn't work out on offense, the Dodgers could always use more pitching depth. Carp pitched one inning last season for the Red Sox. Sure, he walked five of his seven batters faced, but only allowed one run.