Chris Carter signs with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes that former major league outfielder Chris Carter is now playing with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League.

Carter is best known for being traded from the Red Sox to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Billy Wagner deal in August of 2009. And, well, being confused with the other Chris Carter. This Chris Carter owns a .263/.316/.374 batting line with four homers over 206 plate appearances in the majors between Boston and New York.

Carter, 29, hasn’t played in the majors since batting .263/.317/.389 with four home runs, 24 RBI and a .706 OPS over 180 plate appearances with the Mets in 2010. “The Animal” batted .286/.331/.488 with 14 home runs, 63 RBI and an .819 OPS over 77 games at the Triple-A level last season between the Rays and Braves.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.