Astros sign Carter for 2015, avoid arbitration

The Astros have reportedly avoided arbitration with designated hitter Chris Carter, coming to terms on a one-year contract for 2015.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted Wednesday evening that Carter signed with Houston for $4.175 million.

Carter, 28, hit .227/.308/.491 with career bests for homers (37) and RBIs (88) in 2014. He’s spent the last two years in Houston since being traded from Oakland prior to the 2013 season.

The Astros have six other players who remain eligible for arbitration: catchers Jason Castro, Hank Conger and Carlos Corporan; outfielder Dexter Fowler; infielder Marwin Gonzalez and left-handed reliever Tony Sipp.

The club has until Friday’s deadline to exchange salary figures for these players, after which, they can continue to negotiate contracts until the case is presented to an arbitration panel next month.

– Chad Thornburg

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