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Chris Carter | First Baseman | #33

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 15 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Brewers signed 1B Chris Carter to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Carter registered a decent .734 OPS with 24 homers and 64 RBI in 391 at-bats last season for the Astros, with 41 of his 78 hits going for extra bases. He also cranked 37 home runs for Houston in 2014. But the 29-year-old slugger has never hit better than .227 in a full season, he plays poor defense at first base, and his career on-base percentage is just .312. Carter will offer the Brewers his trademark mix of strikeouts, power, and not-a-whole-lot-else in 2016. He could become midseason trade bait if he gets off to a hot start at the plate. Jan 6 - 7:15 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed free agent first baseman Chris Carter to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Carter was a surprise non-tender by the Astros leading up to the Rule 5 Draft in early November. He was linked as a possible Indians' free agent target following his hitting the open market, but their interest cooled off. The Brewers shipped Adam Lind to the Mariners in early December, which leaves a first base opening for the 29-year-old to fill. While he's slugged 61 homers over the last two seasons, his all-or-nothing approach routinely leads to a ton of strikeouts and lopsided triple-slashes. To wit, he hit just .199/.307/.427 in 460 plate appearances in 2015.
Jan 6 - 6:28 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Tribe's interest has cooled in free agent sluggers Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez.

Hoynes noted earlier in the month that the club was considering either of the two as a potential designated hitter. It appears as though that interest has waned though and they'll explore other types of hitters to fill out their roster.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 09:13:00 PM

The Indians have interest in free agents Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Either player would likely be able to find a full slate of at-bats in the Indians' open designated hitter role, Hoynes said. Carter was non-tendered by the Astros on Wednesday after batting .199/.307/.427 with 24 homers and 64 RBI this past season. The power and the strikeouts come hand in hand, but Carter will likely have a few American League suitors this winter.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 04:22:00 PM

Astros non-tendered 1B Chris Carter.

Despite Carter's 90 homers over the last three seasons, the Astros will be moving on from the enigmatic slugger. He's struck out at least 150 times in each of the last two campaigns and has not hit to an average higher than .227 as a full-time major league player. A team will certainly take a chance on the power production, but Carter's all-or-nothing tendencies are also likely to scare some suitors away.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:34:00 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Chris Carter's time with the Astros is "probably over" even if he's tendered a contract.

Drellich adds that the club would likely only tender Carter a contract before Wednesday's deadline "if they know they have another team to trade him to." Carter has slugged 90 home runs over the last three seasons for Houston, but he's hit just .218 with a .312 on-base percentage during that time. MLBTradeRumors.com projects him to earn $5.6 million in arbitration.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 08:55:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros are shopping slugger Chris Carter.

Crasnick writes that the Astros are focusing on American League teams, which makes sense since he profiles best as a designated hitter. Carter offers big-time power, amassing 90 home runs over the past three seasons, but he has hit just .218 with a .312 on-base percentage during that time to go along with a strikeout rate approaching 34 percent. He made $4.175 million in 2015 and is under team control through 2018.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 02:17:00 PM

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.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 01:30:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 07:35:00 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.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 01:59:00 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.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 01:09:00 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.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 05:37:00 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.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 12:23:00 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.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 05:28:00 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.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 10:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
3Manuel Pina
4Rene Garcia
1B1Chris Carter
2Andy Wilkins
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Colin Walsh
SS1Jonathan Villar
2Yadiel Rivera
3Orlando Arcia
4Jake Elmore
3B1Aaron Hill
2Will Middlebrooks
3Garin Cecchini
4Hernan Perez
LF1Khris Davis
2Domingo Santana
3Rymer Liriano
CF1Kirk Nieuwenhuis
2Keon Broxton
3Eric Young Jr.
4Alex Presley
RF1Ryan Braun
2Michael Reed
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Wily Peralta
3Matt Garza
4Taylor Jungmann
5Chase Anderson
6Zach Davies
7Tyler Cravy
8Ariel Pena
9Jorge Lopez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeremy Jeffress
2Will Smith
3Corey Knebel
4Michael Blazek
5Tyler Thornburg
6David Goforth
7Adrian Houser
8Yonathan Barrios
9Zach Jones
10Daniel Tillman
11Pat Misch
12Cesar Jimenez
13Hiram Burgos
14Chris Capuano