As we know, Milwaukee went out and filled their hole at first base this week, signing former Astro 1B Chris Carter to a prove-it contract that guarantees him $2.5 million with an additional $500,000 in incentives. Carter is a summa cum laude graduate of the Adam Dunn School of Three True Outcomes, as he's averaged 30 home runs over the last three seasons while also posting a healthy walk rate (11.5% in his major league career) and showing a special kind of affinity for the strikeout, whiffing at a 33.4% rate.
Carter will most likely represent a step back offensively at first base from the departed Adam Lind -- the latter sported a 2.2 fWAR last season, which matches Carter's career total. He'll also probably be a bit of a step back defensively, though Lind was no wizard himself.
Carter, 29, had his worst offensive season in 2015, hitting .199/.307/.427 in 460 plate appearances. However, his prodigious power -- he tallied a .228 ISO -- kept his overall offensive production above major league average, as evidenced by his 101 wRC+. You're looking for a little bit more than league average from your first baseman, of course, but a bounce back to his 2014 numbers, when he drilled 37 dingers and posted a wRC+ of 122, is certainly not out of the question.
Under team control in arbitration through the 2017 season, Carter could either provide cheap stability at the position while the Brewers groom their first baseman of the future (you know, after they find him), or potentially provide some trade value at some point if he exceeds expectations.
In order to make room for Carter on the 40-man roster, the Brewers designated catcher Josmil Pinto for assignment. The 26-year-old backstop could be headed to his fourth team of the off-season if he fails to clear waivers. Pinto carries a .257/.339/.445 line over 280 major league plate appearances, all with the Twins.
What do you think, BCB'ers? After weeks of endless speculation, we finally have our first baseman. Are you satisfied with Carter on a cheap contract? Let us know in the poll and in the comments section below