As the baseball world's gaze was focused on the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, general manager David Stearns was focused on finding a first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Stearns, the former Astros assistant general manager, found a familiar face to man in Chris Carter.
Non Hall of Fame news - Chris Carter to #Brewers on one-year major-league deal, per source.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 6, 2016
Chris Carter deal with #Brewers is one year, $2.5M with $500K in incentives.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 6, 2016
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Brewers have signed Carter to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. But, the Brewers will still have arbitration control for Carter until 2018. Additionally, Carter earned an additional $500 thousand based on plate appearances.
Chris Carter deal with brewers is for $2.5M plus 500K incentives based on plate appearances. Good opportunity for CC in milw— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 7, 2016
Frankly a cheap contract for a player at times for held down first base with his bat for the Astros. Carter, 29, has spent the past three seasons with the Astros after coming to Houston as part of the first Jed Lowrie trade.Carter batted .218/.312/.459 with 90 home runs at first base and designated hitter for the Astros.
That said, of any fan base, Astros fans understand why he is longer wearing an Astros uniform. Carter was one of the most patient, swing and miss, and frustrating batter to watch in recent memory. Carter batted .199/.307/.427 last season with a 32.8 percent strikeout rate.
Best of luck Trogdor with the Brew Crew.