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.