Might the Astros put Carter on the trading block?

The Astros could opt to make a change at first base before the 2016 season. 


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Chris Carter had an up-and-down season for the Houston Astros in 2015. He hit just .199/.307/.427 but managed to cut his strikeout total from 182 in 2014 to 151 in 2015. He also clubbed 24 home runs and collected 64 RBIs, though both were decreases from his 2014 totals of 37 round-trippers and 88 RBIs. 

Despite his overall tough year, Carter did .333/.400/.622 from September 1 through the end of the regular season and went on to hit at a .294/.294/.529 clip in the ALDS (after drawing three walks in the WiLd Card Game). As the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo pointed out in a new column, the Astros may ‘dangle’ Carter this offseason to gauge interest on the trade market as they look for a more consistent full-time option at first base.

Said Cafardo: 

While Carter had a good second half, the Astros, according to one major league source, could dangle him as trade bait. Carter’s unpredictable performance, coupled with high strikeouts, could have the Astros seeking a steadier performer at the position. He’s righthanded power, which is sought-after.

The club used Luis Valbuena at first occasionally in 2015 and could look for another option from outside the organization should it want a fresh take on the position heading into next year.