Astros “looking to move” slugger Chris Carter


The 44-64 Astros could jump into this seller-friendly market before Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Houston is “looking to move” first baseman and designated hitter Chris Carter, who owns a weak .212 batting average and .291 on-base percentage in 350 plate appearances this year but has slugged 50 homers since the beginning of the 2013 season.

Carter is arbitration-eligible for the first time in 2015 and is under contractual control through 2018, so the ‘Stros will probably want something substantial in return for the 27-year-old.

But with very few difference-making bats on the block, they might just find a willing trade partner.

Sherman also says starting pitchers Jarred Cosart, Dallas Keuchel, and Collin McHugh are available.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.