Astros Looking To Move Chris Carter

3:11pm: Though Seattle is in need of offense, the Mariners don’t have interest in Carter, a source tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

3:08pm: The Astros are looking to trade first baseman/DH Chris Carter, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link).

The 27-year-old Carter has plenty of power, as evidenced by the 50 homers he’s mashed since Opening Day 2013 (21 this season). However, the righty slugger is hitting just .212 with a .291 OBP despite a .474 slugging percentage that is huge, considering his paltry batting average.

Carter also comes with limited defensive value. He has some experience in left field, but the results haven’t been pretty (-29.6 UZR/150, -7 DRS in 509 innings). He’s also highly strikeout prone, having whiffed in 31.7 percent of his PAs this season and 33.9 percent in his career. Carter will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason and is under team control through 2018.


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27 Comments on "Astros Looking To Move Chris Carter"


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chalk1973
11 months 7 days ago

Sounds like another good first base candidate for the Mariners. LOL

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Connor
11 months 7 days ago

Mariners could always use another nonathletic 1B/DH, thats hitting near the mendosa line.

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bbxxj
11 months 7 days ago

Carter is a good hitter. I’d take that kind of bat on my team any day.

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Rally Weimaraner
11 months 7 days ago

HR are even less meaningful. Carter has sub .300 OBP and loves to strike out. Home run Power is about all Carter has to offer.

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bbxxj
11 months 7 days ago

He had rough first half but his major league numbers are solid.
11.3% BB
.232 ISO
.309 OBP
I know he isn’t an elite hitter but being able to hit 30+HR with an above .300 OBP is a fairly rare skill anymore. I mean he does have a 109 OPS+ for his career.

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Tesseract
11 months 7 days ago

Rare is to hit 30+HR with a .300 obp

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Thomas Erie
11 months 7 days ago

I bet you the astros could get a low level good prospect for Carter too because he can drive in runs

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Jason
11 months 7 days ago

I remember suspecting the Carter/Lowrie trade was influenced by Kevin Goldstein, who voiced his admiration for Carter on his podcast on several occasions prior to being hired by the Astros. He had a victorious-sounding tweet when the deal went through, if memory serves. Judging by fWAR this does not look to have been a victory. 2013-present Lowrie 5.0 fWAR, Carter 1.0 fWAR.

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letsgogiants
11 months 7 days ago

It looked like a good package for the Astros at first, given Lowrie at the time was just a buy low candidate a year prior and still had injury woes. But now that he is healthy, he has been very valuable in a market where quality middle infielders have been hard to come by.

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Hal_Jordan77
11 months 7 days ago

This doesn’t take into account the potential future WAR of Max Stassi or Brad Peacock.

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11 months 7 days ago

Arencibia or Carter? They remind me of each other so much…lol

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$48467825
11 months 7 days ago

New York could use a right handed power bat to cover for Tex. Of course, they could use a lot of things. Three years of team control for a ~1 WAR guy, I can’t see Houston getting much beyond a prospect ranking 11-15th in the organization.