Chris Carter Joining Oakland Athletics: Is He the Missing Power Bat?

William BoorCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2010

After Daric Barton left Sunday’s game with back spasms, reports began to surface that the Oakland A’s would call up their top power prospect, Chris Carter, to join the team in Seattle.

Carter was acquired by the Athletics in the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is currently hitting .262, but has 27 home runs and 89 RBI in Triple-A Sacramento.

Oakland, which has hit the second-fewest home runs in baseball and also has the second-worst slugging percentage in the American League, is in desperate need of a power hitter.

The promotion of Carter could provide the Athletics’ offense with the bat they failed to acquire at the trading deadline.

The A’s only have two players with 10 or more home runs. Carter, on the other hand, hit .318 with nine home runs and 22 RBI in July.

Carter is hitting .333 in August and could provide the A’s with the spark they need to get back into the division race.

After taking two of three from the first place Rangers, Oakland now finds itself 7.5 games back with 52 left to play.

The A’s have seven games left against the Rangers; four of them in Oakland, so there is still time for the A’s to make a run as long as they continue to win series.

The next week will be crucial for the AL West race as the A’s travel to face Seattle and Minnesota while Texas has eight tough games against the Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays.


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