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.

Dominic Smith likely to start the season at Triple-A

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Following the Mets’ recent signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that fellow first baseman Dominic Smith is likely to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. That is contingent, of course, on the veteran Gonzalez’s ability to remain healthy, which isn’t a guarantee.

Smith, 22, struggled last season, batting .198/.262/.395 in 183 plate appearances. The Mets have also expressed concern about Smith’s conditioning. Puma reported in November that as a result of better dietary choices and a daily exercise regimen, Smith had already lost 11-12 pounds.

Gonzalez, 35, didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 campaign. Along with battling back issues, Gonzalez hit .242/.287/.355 in 252 PA. That the Mets’ Plan A is to go with Gonzalez over Smith says something about their confidence in Smith.