This wasn’t a huge surprise: the Houston Astros non-tendered Chris Carter before last night’s midnight deadline, making him a free agent.
Carter is a one-dimensional first baseman who, to be honest, should probably be a DH. In 2015 he hit .a paltry .199 with a .307 OBP. His 24 homers and 17 doubles gave him a .427 slugging percentage and he drove in 64, but that doesn’t really justify the $4,175,000 he made and certainly wouldn’t support the even modest raise he’d expect to get in arbitration.
With first baseman Jon Singleton in the fold and prospects A.J. Reed and Matt Duffy in the system, Carter doesn’t really have a place in Houston.
The Cubs recently acquired Rex Brothers from the Rockies. Today they decided what they’ll pay him for next season: $1.42 million.
Brothers, 27, was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA last year in two distinct stints separated by an extended period in Triple-A where he went 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA. Overall he’s 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 appearances with Colorado over five seasons.
The Tigers bullpen has been a hot mess for years. At times one of the few somewhat reliable guys down there has been Al Alburquerque, but really only on occasion. And in some ways relievers are like parachutes: if they work most of the time, but fail some of the time, they really don’t make you feel too great.
And, to be honest, the Tigers would probably even settle for “most of the time” with Alburquerque as long as he was cheap. He’s arbitration-eligible, however, and he’ll probably get a raise heftier than the Tigers would prefer to pay. As such, the Tigers just non-tendered him.
Alburquerque made $1.725 million this past season while posting a 4.21 ERA and 58/33 K/BB ratio over 62 innings. Without an inflated arbitration award in the offing, he’ll likely get looks from many teams and won’t be unemployed for long.