Oct 11, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Chris Carter (23) hits a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning in game three of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Astros won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Carter – 1B/LF
If there ever was a “close your eyes and swing” guy, Chris Carter is it. High home run totals (24 in 129 games last year), and high strikeout totals (151 last year was actually a good year for him) usually means a low batting average (.199 last year).
Like Alvarez, Carter is just 28-years old, and does have some experience in left field. Primarily a first baseman last season, and a DH the year before, he played 49 games in left in 2013. He only made 2 errors in those 49 games, so he seems adequate.
What you get with Carter is an all or nothing approach at the plate. Rob Deer would be a good comparable to Carter. So if the team doesn’t find someone else for left field, Carter could be a good one as he can also spell Belt at first if need be. And he should hit 25 home runs, even playing at AT&T Park.
Expect a similar contract to Alvarez. ($8 million)