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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: CHRIS CARTER'S POWER STROKE HEADING TO YANKEE STADIUM

The most common theme this past MLB Hot Stove Season was the absolute bargain-basement prices of DH or slugging type players.  Whether it was Mark Trumbo, Mike Napoli, or Jose Bautisa, the market never materialized for these players and all got below-market deals.  Another addition to this group was Chris Carter who signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the New York Yankees on Tuesday.  It is not known currently what the Yankees have in mind for Carter in terms of playing time, with both Matt Holliday, Tyler Austin, and Greg Bird all factors at first base but at the very least, his monster power is as potent a match as there is when it comes to Yankee Stadiums offensive dimensions.  Now when it comes to Carter and fantasy baseball, he is as pure an all-or-nothing slugger as it gets but his raw power is as good as any hitter in the game.  Consider his 2016 performance which was typical of Carter in that he batted a woeful .222 but he slammed 41 home runs and collected 94 RBI.  Carter also scored 84 runs which made him a help in three categories and a huge liability in two others.  Again we don't know how much Carter will play this season but Bird is far from a sure thing at first and Holliday is likely to DH most of the time.  There is a chance for regular time here and that means another 40 home runs is likely under that situation.  Get Carter back on your UTIL or CI radar.  


5 comments:

  1. What round would you grab Carter in an OPS league?

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  2. very, very late. may not play everyday.

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  3. Yeah, ABs are really hard to judge with this signing

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  4. No one, except in the strictest sense of Carter going from not having a job to having one. But come on. Did any of us really expect the reigning home run champ to go to Japan?

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