Miami is seeking a right-handed bat to add to its bench, but it’s unlikely the club is interested in Chris Carter “because he lacks versatility,” according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Milwaukee designated Carter for assignment at the end of November and his market has seemingly yet to develop. He would add power to Miami’s lineup, though the Marlins don’t seem committed to creating a platoon situation at first base.
Justin Bour will likely receive the majority of the playing time at first base, and J.T. Realmuto could play at first when A.J. Ellis starts behind the plate. Still, Bour’s career numbers against lefties, which have consistently been around the low .200s, could lead the Marlins to consider other alternatives.
Carter, 30, might be in a position to take on a decreased role, but his power could lead him to sign with an American League club. Over 160 games with the Brewers last season, Carter hit .222/.321/.499 with 41 home runs and 94 RBIs.
As the Marlins search for another experienced bat, versatility will likely be a notable factor to consider. Instead of adding Carter, who predominantly plays first base, adding a player who can play at third base and in the outfield could prove to be valuable.
Miami could also consider Jeff Francoeur, Chris Johnson and Mark Reynolds, according to Frisaro.