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Bill Ladson

Nats sign Carp, catcher Lerud to Minors deals

Nats sign Carp, catcher Lerud to Minors deals

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have signed infielder/outfielder Mike Carp and catcher Steven Lerud to Minor League deals with invitations to Spring Training, the team announced on Tuesday.

Carp is a player who could help improve the bench. His best season came with the Red Sox in 2013, when he hit .296 with nine home runs, 43 RBIs and a .362 on-base percentage. Carp played left field and first base while helping Boston win a World Series title that year.

The Nationals added depth behind the plate by acquiring Lerud, who spent last year in the Braves' organization. He spent the entire season with Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .250 with four home runs and 19 RBIs.

Lerud has big league experience, having played nine games for the Phillies in 2012-13.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.