Brewers Sign Slugging 1st Baseman Chris Carter

Chris Carter, the first baseman the owns a .217 batting average and 33 home runs to go with 86 runs batted in over a 162 game average has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

“We looked at first-base options in both leagues, both through trades and free agency,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “Ultimately, we felt Chris was a good fit here, and he felt we were a good fit for him.

While Carter owned a batting average under the Mendoza line at .199 last year, he had an OPS of .734, with 24 home runs and 64 runs batted in for the Astros in 2015.

The Astros decided not to tender a contract to Carter, making him a free agent and giving the Brewers the chance to sign him.

Carter will head to the last stage of arbitration in 2017 if the Brewers decide to stick with him beyond 2016. He is looking to getting back on track with the Brewers.

“I wasn’t sure what would happen with Houston after I had kind of a down year. I thought it was about 50-50. It came down to the (tender) deadline and they told me. I’m looking forward to getting back on track in Milwaukee.”

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