It was reported last week that free agent first baseman was not close to signing with anyone but things have likely taken a turn. It was first being reported that the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays are both interested in the free agent first baseman Chris Carter according to Jon Heyman.
Chris Carter is an interesting case for both teams as the Tampa Bay Rays are looking to add a long term first baseman as their prior attempts to find one failed (James Loney & Logan Morrison). The Texas Rangers case is more of a backup plan as the team is interested in reuniting with Mike Napoli but Carter will be a fallback option if no agreement can get done.
Chris Carter would be an excellent power bat for any team that will acquire his services. Carter’s home run numbers has improved every year since coming into the league, but his average has been the biggest issue in his baseball career. In 2015 Chris Carter had a stat line of 24 home runs, 61 RBI’s and a .199 average, his 2016 line improved with 41 home runs, 94 RBI’s but hit a dreadful .199. So you will be getting a very solid power bat, but not an average hitter.
According to MLB Trade Rumors and Buster Olney, the Rangers could likely not be interested in signing Napoli to a multi-year deal due to salary and his struggles down the line of the season. So in all it is looking like which player would be interested in settling for a one-year deal with Rangers, but for the Rays there is no contract talks to report but just interest from the team.
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