Houston Astros: Internal Options at First Base
Oct 11, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Chris Carter (23) hits a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning in game three of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Astros won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Option # 1: Chris Carter
Yes, this isn’t really addressing the root of the problem at first base. At this point, you are hoping for a drastic improvement that may not happen from Carter. But if the organization determines that there are no better alternative options available by Opening Day that can step in immediately then this may be the only option entering the 2016 season.
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Of course, Carter staying at first base is contingent on the Astros tendering him a contract during the arbitration process, which isn’t a guarantee. But if the organization chooses to keep Carter then he will naturally be part of the first base equation until proven otherwise.
However, an improvement from a .199/.307/.427 slash line and 101 wRC+ is imperative for any hopes for a productive first base from Carter. After all, first base is considered a position where quality production is somewhat expected. Hey, even a return to his 2013 form would be welcomed.
Next: Option 2