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Chris Carter | First Baseman

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Astros "could dangle (Chris Carter) as trade bait" this offseason.
Carter has slugged 90 homers in his three seasons with Houston, but he's also struck out 545 times and hit just .218/.312/.459 over that stretch. The Astros will likely be looking to diversify their lineup this winter, mixing in some high-OBP guys with their all-or-nothing sluggers. While Carter certainly has his faults, there could be some trade interest in him from a club in need of power. Oct 18 - 1:30 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Chris Carter had a monster day at the plate in the Astros victory over the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a solo home run.

Carter's blast, a no-doubter to left field off Danny Duffy in the seventh inning, increasing the Astros' advantage to 4-1. He also singled and doubled in the ballgame, scoring a pair of runs. It marked the first time this season that Carter has recorded three hits in a game. He's now hitting a robust .455/.571/.818 in 14 plate appearances this postseason.
Oct 11 - 7:35 PM

Chris Carter supplied one of the bigger hits of the Astros' season in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Mariners, belting a game-tying three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Carter had just the one hit, but oh what a hit that turned out to be. The Astros entered the sixth inning trailing 6-3. They managed to get two runners on ahead of their average-averse first baseman. Carter proceeded to do what he does best--other than strike out--when he crushed a three-run homer off M's reliever J.C. Ramirez to knot the contest at 6-6. An inning later, Colby Rasmus would snap the tie with an RBI single. For the season, the 28-year-old Carter is hitting .196/.307/.426 with 24 homers and 62 RBI.
Oct 1 - 1:59 AM

Chris Carter's home run proved to be the difference in Monday's victory against the Mariners.

Carter snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh inning, demolishing a Danny Farquhar offering. He finished 1-for-2 with a walk. The slugger has gone yard in each of his last three games and five times in his last seven games. On the year, Carter is hitting .196/.308/.422 with 23 home runs and 59 RBI.
Sep 29 - 1:09 AM

Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Carter launched homer No. 22 off Rangers reliever Ross Ohlendorf in the seventh inning. This season, the all/nothing slugger never quite got on the epic kind of hot streak that propelled him to 37 bombs last season, though he has turned it on as September nears its end. Over his last six games, he's slammed four homers. His .195/.305/.414 triple-slash leaves much to be desired in terms of average. This will be his first full season hitting under the Mendoza Line barring a barrage of hits over the last week of the season.
Sep 27 - 5:37 PM

Chris Carter hit his 20th home run of the season in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

Carter hit a solo shot off Angels starter Hector Santiago in the second inning. The homer was his second in his last three games and may lead to more playing time down the stretch for the streaky first baseman. His power is his lone redeeming quality, as Carter is batting just .187/.298/.390 on the year.
Sep 23 - 12:23 AM

Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a long, long home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

Carter clubbed his three-run, 441-foot shot in the ninth inning, but the Twins held a 7-0 lead at the time and the gigantic bomb merely served as an exclamation point on the Astro's loss. The free-swinger has put in yet another one of his no-average, a-fair-bit-of-power campaigns, as he's currently slashing .183/.296/.378 with 18 bombs, 52 RBI and 136 strikeouts over 344 at-bats.
Aug 30 - 5:28 PM

Chris Carter has started just five games at first base since July 12.

He's started four in the designated hitter spot over that stretch, which means he's been on the bench for exactly half of the Astros' 18 games during that time. With Jed Lowie back from the disabled list, it's created a mix-and-match of Carter, Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez at first base. "I try to go with the best matchup that we can offensively," manager A.J. Hinch said. "We’ve been searching for consistent offensive output." After a 37-homer homer campaign in 2014, Carter is batting just .181/.296/.381 with 17 longballs this season.
Aug 5 - 10:29 AM

Chris Carter hit his 17th home run of the season against the Angels on Tuesday.

Carter hit a two-run dinger off Angels starter C.J. Wilson in the second inning, his only hit in four at-bats. He seems to be more boom-or-bust than usual of late -- Carter has five hits this month, but three of them have been homers. The 28-year-old is hitting a paltry .185/.297/.389 with 17 homers and 45 RBI overall.
Jul 29 - 12:37 AM

Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

Carter hit a two-run blast off Justin Masterson in the sixth inning, giving him 16 home runs on the year. The two hits matched his total for the month coming into the game, as Carter has been mired in an ugly stretch that has his line down to .190/.305/.393. The power is still there, obviously, and Carter is ferocious when hot, so perhaps Tuesday will be the start of something good.
Jul 22 - 12:32 AM

Chris Carter (ankle) returned to the Astros' lineup Tuesday.

It's Carter's first start since he sprained his right ankle last Friday. He's being used in the designated hitter spot Tuesday, with Marwin Gonzalez covering first base.
Jul 21 - 10:00 PM

Chris Carter (ankle) indicated Sunday that he's feeling much better, but he won't start running again until Tuesday.

Carter suffered a sprained right ankle in Friday's game and has yet to return to the lineup. While he could give it a go on Tuesday, expect to see Jonathan Singleton at first base for the Astros for at least one more game.
Jul 19 - 10:19 PM

Chris Carter (ankle) remained out of the Astros' lineup Sunday.

Carter tweaked his right ankle on Friday. He's expected to avoid the disabled list but could need a little more time. Jon Singleton is handling first base again.
Jul 19 - 12:12 PM

Chris Carter (ankle) is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

The good news though for Carter owners is that his name is on the lineup card, which means he isn't headed to the disabled list. At least not yet. Jonathan Singleton will take his place at first base on Saturday and will hit eighth against Colby Lewis and the Rangers.
Jul 18 - 4:01 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Chris Carter's ankle is pretty sore and the slugger could require a stint on the disabled list.

It will depend on how Carter feels when he wakes up on Saturday. He suffered a right ankle sprain in Friday's victory over the Rangers while stretching for a ball at first base. If he is indeed out for a couple of weeks, Jonathan Singleton becomes a very interesting addition in mixed leagues.
Jul 17 - 11:50 PM