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Chris Carter considering signing in Japan

The slugger has drawn interest from the Rays, but may need to evaluate overseas options if nothing gets done soon.

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Free-agent slugger Chris Carter is considering looking for offers from Japanese clubs, his agent Dave Stewart told FOX’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. Carter’s first choice is obviously to continue playing in the majors, though he may have to evaluate overseas options if nothing materializes in the majors.

The Rays are the top major-league possibility at this point, according to Stewart, who noted that the sides have talked at length but were not close to a deal as of Tuesday. Tampa Bay is known to be considering multiple options for an offensive upgrade, even after adding Colby Rasmus and Mallex Smith in recent moves.

The Rangers have also been linked to Carter recently, though Texas is known to be considering Mike Napoli as a top target at this point.

Carter’s free agency has struggled for a variety of reasons, including a surplus of available big bats (Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Napoli, Mark Reynolds and others among them) and his late entry into the pool after being non-tendered in early December. Though the idea of looking for Japanese offers may simply be a negotiating ploy at this point, it makes sense for the 30-year old to consider all options at this point.

Carter spent last season with the Brewers, co-leading the National League in home runs with 41 despite hitting just .222/.321/.499 in 160 games.