Astros sign Chris Carter to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

The Houston Astros have reached an agreement with first baseman/outfielder Chris Carter on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Astros will pay Carter a salary of $4.175 million for the 2015 season.

Carter’s deal with Houston includes many award-based incentives, among them are a $25,000 bonus for being named to the All-Star game and a $25,000 bonus for winning a Silver Slugger award.

Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, Carter started to heat up during the summer and didn’t let his performance slide until the season was over. Last season, Carter was only paid a salary of $510,000. This gives him a salary increase of $3,665,500 over the past season.

In 145 games played with the Houston Astros during the 2014 campaign, Carter had a slash line of .227/.308/.324 (.799 OPS, 122 OPS+) with a career-high 115 hits and 37 home runs, which was tied for the second-most in the major leagues, only behind Nelson Cruz, as well as a career-best 88 runs batted in over 572 plate appearances. This is coming off of a 2013 performance that saw him manage to have a slash line of .223/.320/.451 (.770 OPS, 112 OPS+) with 29 home runs, 82 runs batted in and a league-leading 212 strikeouts in 585 plate appearances over 148 games played.

Now, the only arbitration-eligible players that are left to be given contracts for the 2015 season for Houston are catchers Jason Castro, Hank Conger and Carlos Corporan, infielder Marwin Gonzalez, left-handed relief pitcher Tony Sipp and outfielder Dexter Fowler.

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