Astros' decision makes Chris Carter a free agent

- The Houston Astros non-tendered first baseman Chris Carter Wednesday night making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Astros made the decision just prior to the 10:59 p.m. CT deadline according to Carter and his agent.

"Chris loved being in Houston," said Lonnie Murray, Carter's agent, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "He didn't expect it at the late hour. He thought that he would have heard something sooner. I think we all did, just to say 'hey, we're shopping him around.' Unfortunately that didn't happen. Again, at this late hour he found out and he's just disappointed."

Carter, who has been with the Astros since 2013, acknowledged that he was caught off guard a bit by the Astros' decision since it came late Wednesday night.

"Yeah, at this point, it's late," Carter said. "It's a business decision. I'm not mad about it.

"It's tough. Being with the team this long and now you're going somewhere else, it's tough."

Carter hit .199 last season with 24 home runs and 64 RBIs, to go along with 151 strikeouts in 460 plate appearances.

However, he got hot when it mattered most for the Astros.

From Sept. 18 until the end of the regular season Carter led the Majors in batting average (.353), slugging percentage (.971) and OPS (1.376).

"He is very much looking forward to showing his stuff in his next home," Murray said.

Carter is just disappointed he will be showing his stuff in another uniform, and leaves the Astros with a message for the team's fans.

"It was a lot of fun this year, making the playoffs," Carter said. "It was a fun experience.

"Thanks for the support."

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