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Chris Carter is going to be disappointed when the A’s send him to Triple-A

Feb 1, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

Casey Kotchman, Chris Carter

A’s prospect Chris Carter told Jane Lee of that he’s hoping to win a spot on the Opening Day roster despite a very crowded outfield/designated hitter picture following the offseason additions of David DeJesus, Josh Willingham, and Hideki Matsui.

At the end [of last season] I thought I could be their guy coming in and making the team. Now, it’s definitely more of a competition. I don’t know my chances now of making the team with the signing of new players. I’d like to think I’m going into camp with an opportunity to make the team. We’ll see how it turns out.

He’s going to be disappointed. Daric Barton is locked in at first base, Matsui was signed to a one-year, $4.25 million deal to start at designated hitter, and the starting outfield is pretty much set with Willingham and DeJesus flanking Coco Crisp. Unless the A’s decide to keep the 24-year-old Carter around as a bench bat and platoon starter he’s destined for a second straight season at Triple-A.

In fact, A’s director of baseball operations Fahran Zaidi all but admitted that they have him slated for the minors when talking to Melissa Lockard of

Going out and getting David DeJesus and Josh Willingham is not an indictment of what we think of Chris Carter. He’s a guy who is still very much a part of our long-term plans and a guy we are still very much excited about. We just think that he could use a little more seasoning after hitting .258 in Triple-A.

Carter could also use a lot more practice as an outfielder, because after playing mostly first base in the minors the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder looked absolutely brutal in 156 innings there for the A’s and Barton seemingly isn’t going anywhere at first base.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Trade bait?!

    The A’s could be legit contenders this year, but they could probably use an upgrade somewhere in the infield. Perhaps they can move Carter (and some spare pitching) to acquire an upgrade somewhere on the diamond?

    • clydeserra - Feb 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      naw, Matsui, Crisp Willingham and DeJesus are all Free Agents at the end of the season, and the A’s have a weak farm system. Carter is staying in AAA till one of those four breaksdown. (so Mid April).

  2. BC - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    If they could get some decent starting pitching for him, I’d unload him now, before he has another lackluster year in AAA.

    • Detroit Michael - Feb 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Why do you assume Carter would have another lackluster year in AAA? He might have turned the corner partway through the season:
      AAA OPS April-June 2010: 810
      AAA OPS July-Aug. 2010: 1028

      Admittedly, he seems like he has been a bit slow to adjust when promoted to a new level recently, but there still might be something good here.

  3. apbaguy - Feb 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Carter has always shown that he takes a bit of time to adjust to each new level. But Craig is absolutely right about his fielding. “Brutal” only scratches the surface, reminding me of Ben Grieve for futility. He’s a DH in waiting.

    But, I expect he’ll get some playing time in the bigs this year. Let’s face it, the A’s will have a ton of injuries in the OF, and with Matsui, so Carter will get to swing it for the big club.

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