Another slugger who was allowed to become a free agent is the Houston Astros Chris Carter. The slugging first baseman has huge power, but swings and misses at a very alarming rate. In 1,736 career at-bats Carter has struck out 669 times. That is an unreal number, and it is Carter’s biggest issue.
The first baseman can hit the ball a mile, but he needs to shorten up just a little with two strikes in order to be even serviceable in the Major Leagues. Carter hit 24 home runs last year for the Astros in 129 games. He also drove in 64 runs, but he only hit .199 on the season and struck out 151 times. The power-hitting first baseman is going to need some help in order to land a job.
Carter made $4.175 million last year and will have a hard time finding that on the open market. He will most likely need to go to an American League team as his strong suit is as a hitter not a defender. Carter can play some left field if needed, but first base and or DH are his future in this league. He will land on someone’s roster who is looking for cheap power from the right-handed side of the box.