MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Brewers will reportedly non-tender NL home run champ
Carter was non-tendered last offseason as well
Once again, teams are showing they refuse to pay big for one-dimensional sluggers. The Brewers are reportedly planning to non-tender first baseman Chris Carter, who led the National League with 41 home runs in 2016, which will make him a free agent.
Chris Carter becomes one of finest power-hitters on market after #Brewers decide to non-tender him instead of paying likely $9-$10M in arbit— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 29, 2016
Carter, 29, hit .222/.321/.499 (114 OPS+) and led the league in strikeouts (209) in addition to homers this past season. The Astros non-tendered him last offseason following a season in which he hit .199/.307/.427 (102 OPS+) with 24 home runs in 129 games.
According to the projections at MLB Trade Rumors, Carter was in line for an $8.1 million salary through arbitration in 2017. The Brewers deemed that too pricey for a player who hits homers, draws walks and does basically nothing else. He doesn't hit for average and is a liability both in the field and on the bases. That's how a player can hit 41 homers and still be worth only +0.9 WAR.
The Brewers signed Carter to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million last offseason and it paid off well. Surely they looked for a trade partner before deciding to non-tender Carter, but came up empty. Once upon a time Carter would have been a hot commodity. Now teams are staying away from players so one-dimensional.
Friday is the official non-tender deadline. Any players in their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible years who do not received a contract offer from their team will become free agents. The open market will get some new names at the end of the week, including Carter.