To the surprise of many, the Milwaukee Brewers trimmed their roster Monday night, choosing not to tender first baseman Chris Carter a contract, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale was the first to report the news. The soon-to-be-30-year-old slugger, who was slated for arbitration, is now a free agent.
MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration tracker projected him to earn $8.1 million in 2017, a raise of more than 300 percent over his $2.5 million salary in 2016. Prior to the postseason, such a possibility was raised here.
Carter isn’t your typical non-tender; he’s coming off a season in which he co-led the National League with 41 home runs, setting a new career-high. He hit .222/.321/.499, but also led the National League in strikeouts with a whopping 206, the second time in his career he’s done so (he struck out 212 times in 2013). He also set career-highs in games played (160), doubles (27), and RBI (94).
Carter leaves Milwaukee after just one season after coming over from the Astros as a free agent. In three seasons in Houston, splitting time between first base, designated hitter, and outfield, he slashed .218/.312/.459 with 90 home runs and 234 RBI in 422 games. Prior to that, he played parts of three seasons (totaling just 106 games) with the Oakland Athletics. He was traded to the Astros in February, 2013 with Brad Peacock and Max Stassi in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.