Rotowire: Jan 15 / 5:28a ET
News: Carter agreed to a one-year, $4.175 million deal with the Astros on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Carter will avoid arbitration and return to Houston in 2015, where he had his best season as a pro last year, hitting .227/.308/.491 with 37 homers and 88 RBI over 572 plate appearances. He's likely to remain an elite source of power and could even improve on his 2014 numbers with MLB batting champion Jose Altuve, a healthy George Springer and the newly-acquired Evan Gattis protecting him in the heart of Houston's lineup.
StatsLLC: Jan 14 / 12:00a ET
News: The Astros have agreed with Chris Carter on a one-year contract for $4,175,000, avoiding arbitration with the designated hitter. Carter tied for second in the majors with a career-high 37 homers last season. The 28-year-old hit .227 with 88 RBIs, which also were the most of his career. It was his second season in Houston after a trade from Oakland.
Impact: Carter spent 118 games at designated hitter and started 14 games at first base and six in the outfield. He made just $510,000 last season, and Wednesday's deal includes several award bonuses, among them $25,000 for being named to the All-Star game and $25,000 if he wins a Silver Slugger award.