When considering what Nightengale reports Carter would likely make in arbitration, cutting ties with him does make sense on one hand. Furthermore, there are obvious flaws in Carter’s game.
Carter has twice struck out over 200 times in a season, and he leads MLB with a 33.2 percent K rate since 2013. He has only a .314 lifetime on-base percentage to go along with his .218 career batting average. Carter is not known for being a Gold Glove defender at first base either.
While he can hit home runs with the best of them, Carter isn’t necessarily the most well-rounded player. He was worth only 0.9 fWAR last year.
That being said, Carter still gave the Brewers excellent production from the first base position. When Prince Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers after the 2011 season, the Brewers struggled to fill the void at first base. Finally, Adam Lind came in and did a great job last season, and Carter put on his power display this past year.
It was later confirmed by the Brewers that Carter had been designated for assignment. It was also reported that Eric Thames had been signed to a three-year deal. Thames will be returning to MLB after a very successful stint in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).
Free agent 1B/OF Eric Thames has signed a 3-year contract w/a club option for 2020. 1B Chris Carter designated for assignment.