MLBTR Poll: Finding A Fit For Chris Carter
February 6, 2017 - Finding Carter
As we conduct into February, Chris Carter’s winter continues to drag on. The slugger tied Nolan Arenado for a NL home run climax final season, nonetheless a Brewers non-tendered him, casting him into a marketplace full of identical players, many of whom also still haven’t found new teams. Also, during slightest a integrate new signings (such as Mark Trumbo to a Orioles, Brandon Moss to a Royals and maybe even Mark Reynolds to a Rockies) have clearly foreclosed on probable destinations for Carter. A accumulation of teams have been connected to Carter recently, and MLBTR’s Steve Adams recently listed some some-more suppositional fits. Where do we cruise he competence finish up? Here are some possibilities, some admittedly some-more approaching than others.
Rays. Tampa Bay recently came to terms with Logan Morrison, nonetheless is seemingly still interested in appropriation a right-handed bat. Carter would positively qualify, nonetheless there are a array of other possibilities, including Mike Napoli, Franklin Gutierrez and Byung Ho Park.
Rangers. Texas has been strongly connected to Napoli, nonetheless no understanding has been done yet, and Carter would clearly work as a backup option. Scott Boras, meanwhile, is reportedly trying to sell a Rangers on signing another intensity DH, Pedro Alvarez.
Marlins. Carter would give Miami a righty to span with Justin Bour during initial base, and a Marlins reportedly have had interest in Carter. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, though, recently pointed out that a Marlins don’t figure to spend most some-more than their stream $110MM payroll, and wrote that a probability they would pointer Carter was “extremely remote.”
White Sox. The White Sox are usually a suppositional possibility, as there’s been small or no stating joining them to Carter. But a group has a transparent opening during DH, and Carter would be a fun fit during homer-happy Guaranteed Rate Field.
Mariners. This is another suppositional fit, and maybe a reduction approaching one, given a group has Nelson Cruz during DH and righty Danny Valencia said on being acquired progressing this offseason that he approaching to play initial bottom (where he’ll presumably element lefty Dan Vogelbach). Given Valencia’s ability to play other positions, though, and given that a Mariners have elite to concede Cruz to play a outfield once a array or so, maybe a Mariners could see an event here, nonetheless that seems like a stretch.
Athletics. Incumbent A’s initial baseman Yonder Alonso is entrance off a really bad season, and a group could potentially use Carter during initial and DH while also regulating Ryon Healy during those positions. The A’s tend to be opportunistic and haven’t been shy about creation moves in February, nonetheless there’s been zero privately joining them to Carter.
Japan. Carter’s agent, former Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart, recently said his customer could cruise offers from overseas, and Japanese teams would certainly adore to acquire a high-profile MLB hitter like Carter. And as MLBTR’s Adams forked out, a Brewers were not means to find a trade partner for Carter when his projected settlement income was in a $8MM range, suggesting that he won’t be means to land most of a guaranteed MLB salary. Carter himself recently pronounced his priority was to pointer with an MLB team, however.
Other. There are, of course, some-more out-of-nowhere possibilities. Perhaps a Nationals could see a probability to ascent during first, nonetheless one would cruise they’d have some-more seductiveness in a maladroit hitter they could span with Ryan Zimmerman, who’s controllable by 2020. Maybe a Mets could try to supplement Carter after Lucas Duda’s injury-plagued 2016 and Jay Bruce’s underwhelming army with them, nonetheless it seems like utterly a widen to cruise that Duda or Carter would ever play a outfield, and a group could use Bruce or Michael Conforto during initial if Duda’s behind issues light adult again. Maybe a Blue Jays could see a probability to upgrade, nonetheless their merger of a lefty-mashing Steve Pearce complicates that probability utterly a bit. And maybe Carter could even lapse to a Brewers, nonetheless that would have seemed distant some-more approaching had they traded Ryan Braun, whose depart could have bumped Eric Thames to a outfield. There’s also a probability an damage could emanate an event for Carter that we haven’t nonetheless anticipated.
So where do we cruise Carter will go? (Link to poll for Trade Rumors app users)