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MLB Rumor Central: Orioles called on Chris Carter?

Chris Carter finished 2016 with 41 home runs, tied for the most in the National League. Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Baltimore Orioles called on free-agent first baseman Chris Carter, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

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Carter provides Baltimore with a way to replace Mark Trumbo's power should Trumbo sign elsewhere as a free agent, Heyman tweets.

ESPN's David Schoenfield writes that Carter is best suited to be a designated hitter.

According to the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said the team would rather pursue an outfielder or catcher than a DH-type player like Carter.

Carter was non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers last month. The 29-year-old batted .222 with 94 RBIs and 41 home runs, which tied Nolan Arenado for the most in the National League. However, his 206 strikeouts in 549 at-bats were the second-most in the majors, behind Orioles first baseman Chris Davis.

--Alex Tekip