Nats sign Carp, Lerud to minor league deals

Washington, DC ( – The Nationals signed infielder/outfielder
Mike Carp and catcher Steven Lerud to minor league contracts with invitations
to spring training on Tuesday.

Carp was with Texas and Boston last season, hitting a combined .175 in 59
games. He is a career .254 hitter with 27 homers and 127 RBI in 318 games over
six seasons with Seattle, Boston and Texas.

Lerud spent last year in the Braves’ organization, hitting .250 with four
homers and 19 RBI in Triple-A Gwinnett.