Aaron Gleeman

Indians interested in Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez

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Yesterday’s non-tenders included a pair of relative big names with huge power in Chris Carter of the Astros and Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates, and now that they’re both free agents Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in signing them.

They bat from different sides of the plate and Alvarez has slightly more defensive versatility in that he’s played third base (very poorly), but beyond that Carter and Alvarez profile similarly as low-average, high-strikeout power hitters.

Hoynes notes that the Indians haven’t used a full-time designated hitter for several years, but could offer everyday playing time to Carter or Alvarez without exposing them to the field. In other words: Just hit and add some pop to Cleveland’s lineup.