How many times can you remember a 40-home run guy struggling for work and to find offers the following year? Not many, but that is the case with Chris Carter who spent last year with Milwaukee Brewers. Carter, 30, hit 41 home runs last year, and drove in 94 runs. He hit 24 bombs or more the last four years, and drove in more than 80 every year but 2015 when he missed time with injury.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Chris Carter "might leave North America to find a new club." His agent (Dave Stewart), told Rosenthal "that his client soon might entertain offers from teams in Japan."
So how could a guy with that kind of power not find a job? Well, there's more to baseball than hitting homers. In four full seasons as a big leaguer, Carter has never hit above .230, despite his OBP generally being respectable. The scarier number though is that Carter has struck out over 150 times every one of his full years, and that includes two seasons with over 200 strikeouts. As much as a team could use the power, the strikeout numbers are a bit scary to look at.
In addition to his immense strikeout numbers, Carter is a pretty major liability in the field meaning he is likely a better fit for an AL Team which limits his options. When you consider that there are plenty of big power guys that don't strikeout as much it becomes more evident as to why Carter is still searching for a job and why he may have to explore options out of the bigs. Despite this, I still think Carter finds a job with a team. As the season inches closer, some team will find a spot for a 40-home run guy, and just stomach the fact he strikes out a ton.
Jamey Vinnick is a writer for Hardball Scoops on Scout.com