NEW YORK—Houston slugger Chris Carter, Pittsburgh first baseman Pedro Alvarez, and injured Kansas City closer Greg Holland were among 43 players who became free agents when they weren’t offered 2016 contracts by last night’s deadline.
Carter, who hit .199 with 24 homers and 64 RBIs this past season, made $4,175,000 in 2015 in his first year of arbitration and likely would have been paid at least $5 million next year.
“It’s a business decision,” Carter said.
“There are few guys in my position and guys coming up behind me, and I was making the most money, so I ended up being the odd man out,” he noted.
Carter was benched this summer before working his way back into the lineup.
The streaky hitter tied for second in the majors with 37 homers in 2014 and had 90 homers in three seasons with the Astros after a trade from Oakland.
The 28-year-old first baseman and designated hitter is a career .217 hitter with 109 homers and 280 RBIs.
Alvarez, drafted second overall in 2008, led Pittsburgh with 27 homers this season but struggled defensively after making the transition from third base to first.
His 23 errors led the team.
The 28-year-old Alvarez, an all-star in 2013, made $5.75 million this year.
Holland, an all-star in both 2013 and ’14, is not expected to pitch next year as he rehabs from reconstructive elbow surgery that caused him to miss the Royals’ run to the World Series title.
He had a 1.21 ERA two years ago and a 1.44 ERA in 2014.
He had a 3.83 ERA with 32 saves this year, then had Tommy John surgery in October.
Among the more than 200 players eligible for arbitration at the start of the day, 162 remained at the end of it.
Any player offered a contract is entitled to—at a minimum—roughly one-sixth of his 2016 salary as termination pay if he gets released.
Toronto Blue Jays’ first baseman Justin Smoak ($3.9 million) was among arbitration-eligible playes who agreed to one-year deals yesterday.
On the trade front, Baltimore added a bat as protection in case it loses Chris Davis, acquiring power-hitting Mark Trumbo and left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser from Seattle for catcher Steve Clevenger.
Oakland, meanwhile, obtained first baseman Yonder Alonso and Rzepczynski from San Diego for left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Jose Torres, plus a player to be named.
In addition, the Padres announced they hired Mark McGwire as bench coach.
Ahead of its seven-year, $217-million contract with left-hander David Price, a deal likely to be completed tomorrow, Boston finalized a two-year, $13-million agreement with outfielder Chris Young.
“I feel good about the roster as it is,” said Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox new president of baseball operations.
“I think we’ve been able to address really our biggest needs,” he noted. “I think our major moves are done.
“But when you go into the winter meetings, you never know what happens.”
Young, 32, had been with the N.Y. Yankees since August ,2014, batting .252 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 318 at-bats this year.
With its 37-foot-high “Green Monster” just 310 feet from the plate in left field, Fenway Park seems ideal for his swing.
“One of my major strengths is pulling the ball,” Young noted.
“I think that Fenway can be advantageous to that.
“Hopefully, my just-misses, I can get rewarded for that,” he added.