As Wednesday’s tender deadline approaches, the Astros have made Chris Carter available via trade, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Carter has the ability to play first base and some corner outfield, but many teams view him as a designated hitter.
The #Astros are shopping Chris Carter in advance of tender deadline, sources say. They’re focusing on AL clubs.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 1, 2015
Carter, 28, has been in the league for six seasons and has spent the last three seasons with the Astros. Carter is most notably known for his power, hitting a career 109 home runs. Carter’s best year with the Astros was in 2014 when he hit 37 home runs and drove in 88 runs. He hit 24 home runs in 2015 but hit under .200. Carter played in the wild card game against the New York Yankees and all five divisional games against the Kansas City Royals.
Teams that have a need for a right-handed bat with tons of power should consider Carter as a cheaper option than those on the free agent market. For teams, it may be a buy low situation, as Crasnick notes that Carter’s value on the trade market could be lower due to the Mariners making Mark Trumbo available.
The Astros already shipped Jed Lowrie back to Oakland and are continuing to make changes to their roster in the early stages of the winter. Crasnick also reports that they are listening on outfielder Jake Marisnick. No teams have been linked to Carter thus far, but the Astros seem very aggressive in trying to move Carter before tomorrow’s deadline.