As initially reported by Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press, first baseman Chris Carter has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Since Carter became a full-time regular with the Houston Astros in 2013, he is eighth in the majors in total home runs, trailing mostly MVP candidates. Carter is receiving such a comparatively low contract, however, because he tends to make an out when he doesn’t hit a home run: he is second in the majors in strikeouts over the same time frame, and his .218 batting average is also among the league’s worst.
Carter was entering just his second year of arbitration in 2016, and it was considered a surprise when the Astros declined to tender him a contract in early December, entering him into the free agent market. There is a clear connection between Carter’s tenure with the Astros and this current contract with the Brewers: current Brewers General Manager David Stearns worked as the Astros’ assistant General Manager during Carter’s three-year tenure in Houston. At thirty years old, Stearns is the youngest General Manager in baseball, and is presumed to be embarking on a long, analytics-reliant rebuilding process in Milwaukee.