Chris Carter did not build on a power-laden 2014 season, and 2015 ended with the Astros declining to tender a contract to their first baseman. He fell below the Mendoza Line over the season's first three months and spent most of the remainder of the campaign in a bench role. Carter did manage to swat 24 home runs, and he shouldn't have any major threats to his playing time, now that he has signed with the Brewers. In a relatively weak first base pool, Carter has late-round value in standard mixed leagues.
Carter signed a one-year deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. Carter had a disappointing follow-up last season to his 37-homer 2014 campaign, as the right-handed slugger posted a .199 batting average over 460 plate appearances. He'll now get a fresh start with Milwaukee, competing with the likes of Garin Cecchini for reps at first base. He could also be one of the first pinch-hit options off the bench, as Carter was primarily used as a DH during his time in Houston.
The Astros non-tendered Carter on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Carter blasted 24 home runs last year and 90 in all with the Astros over the last three seasons, but he also struck out in bunches and hit just .199 last season, so the Astros decided not to offer him a contract for 2016. Carter is now a free agent and will hook on with a team that is intrigued by his power.
Astrosfirst baseman Chris Carter went 1 for 3 with a three-run homer and a walk in a 7-6 win over Seattle on Wednesday. Carter appears to be getting hot, as he has five homers in his past nine games. This is when the Astros need a hot stretch, but it won't salvage his season. Carter is batting .196, but he does have 24 home runs in 378 at-bats. He simply can't stick around the majors batting below .200, and he'll need to fix that in the offseason if he wants an everyday job next season.
Astros 1B Chris Carter went 2 for 3 with his 22nd homer of the season during Sunday's 4-2 win over Texas. Carter has homered in four of his last six games for the Astros and while he's no longer their everyday starting first baseman, he's certainly getting hot at the right time. Overall, the 28-year-old is hitting .195/.305/.414 over 370 at-bats this season.
Astros designated hitter Chris Carter went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Friday. It's been a rough year for Carter, as he's hitting just .186. The power is not dreadful though, as he has 19 home runs and 55 RBI to go along with a .299 OBP. Carter has lost almost all of his mixed-league relevancy and his value is limited to AL-only formats at this juncture. With only 15 appearances recording at least two at-bats over the last two months, he's even losing value in the most shallow of formats.
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