Chris Carter, Infield, Oakland Athletics
Date of Birth: 12/18/1986
Birthplace: Redwood City, California
Chris Carter, infielder for the Oakland Athletics, was first drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2005. After playing in the minor leagues for two years, the White Sox traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007. Two weeks later, he was traded to the Athletics.
From 2010 through 2012, Carter played in just 106 games with the Athletics. The rest of the time he played in the minor leagues, finishing with a .283 batting average.
After the 2012 season ended, the Athletics traded Carter to the Houston Astros. In 2013, he batted .223 with 113 hits, 24 doubles, 29 home runs, and 82 RBIs in 148 games. Defensively, he played 61 games at first base, 49 games in left field, and 2 games in right field. He finished the 2014 season with 115 hits, 21 doubles, 37 home runs, 88 RBIs, and a .227 batting average in 145 games.
On January 14, 2015, Carter and the Astros agreed to a one-year, $4,175,000 contract. He finished the 2015 season with 78 hits, 17 doubles, 24 home runs, 64 RBIs, and a .199 batting average in 129 games. As the Astros' first baseman in 115 games, he made 67 assists, 85 double plays, 911 putouts, and 8 errors. He batted .294 in 17 at-bats in 6 postseason games and he had 5 hits, including a double and a home run, and 1 RBI.
Carter signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on January 6, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a .222 batting average and career highs in hits (122), doubles (27), home runs (41), and RBIs (94) in 160 games. Defensively, as the Brewers' first baseman in 155 games, he made 73 assists, 122 double plays, 1,316 putouts, and 11 errors.
The Brewers designated Carter for assignment on November 29, 2016. He became a free agent on December 2, 2016. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the New York Yankees on February 16, 2017. He was released by the Yankees on July 10, 2017.
Carter returned to the Athletics on a minor league contract on July 21, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with a .201 batting average and 37 hits in 62 games with the Yankees. Defensively, he played 56 games at first base and 2 games in right field with New York. He didn't play with the Athletics.
Career batting statistics for Carter through 2017 include:
- 750 games played
- 536 hits
- 158 home runs
- 400 RBIs
- 951 strikeouts to 327 walks
- .217 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Carter at first base through 2017 include:
- 466 games played
- 208 assists
- 330 double plays
- 3,706 putouts
- 35 errors
- .991 fielding percentage