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Mike Carp rumors: Brewers monitoring 1B/OF, per report

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On paper he looks like a pretty nice upgrade at first base.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers have half a dozen first basemen in camp this spring but apparently they're still on the lookout for other options. They have a scout following the Red Sox to watch first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (via MLB Trade Rumors).

Carp is 27 years old and this is his sixth MLB season. He's a career .267/.337/.444 hitter and improved to .296/.362/.523 last season, but has never appeared in more than 86 games in an MLB campaign. He's a left handed hitter and the Red Sox used him almost exclusively against right handed pitchers in 2013, getting him just 28 plate appearances against same-handed pitching.

Carp has played 111 of his 259 MLB games at first base, so he has some experience over there, but can also play left field and would give the Brewers an option to pair with Khris Davis if the young slugger should struggle or need a day off.

The Brewers' current candidates to start at first base include incumbents Juan Francisco and Sean Halton, minor league free agent signees Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay and minor leaguers Hunter Morris and Jason Rogers.