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After struggling in his first stint with Oakland last season, Carter returned to finish the season strong. Unfortunately for Carter, due to the A's off season acquisitions of David DeJesus, Josh Willingham and Hideki Matsui, he will likely find himself back in Sacramento to start the season.
Carter has excellent power and good athleticism. He has excellent raw power, and can hit home runs even without squaring up the ball. He does strike out too much, which will hurt his overall Major League batting averages, but still gets on base plenty due to high walk totals.
Defensively Carter will continue to work on his game in the outfield as well as first base. First base is his best position, but he is unlikely to push Daric Barton out of the position. He could see time in the outfield if any of the A's starters go down to injury, same at designated hitter.
Carter will see time in Oakland this season, although it could be limited to another September call up. Expect him to be a regular in Oakland starting in 2012.