According to a report from Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Brewers has signed former MLB first baseman Eric Thames to a three year contract which includes an option for the fourth year. Jerry Crasnick backs up the report, citing that the deal is worth more than $15 million guaranteed. In a corresponding move, Chris Carter was designated for assignment.
Thames, age 30, last played in the MLB in 2012, with the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. After being claimed on waivers by the Houston Astros in 2013, Thames signed a deal within the Korean Baseball Organization, where he put up video game-like numbers, hitting .348/.450/ with 124 home runs and 379 runs batted in. He was named the KBO MVP in 2015 after hitting 47 home runs and driving in 140, as well as swiping 40 bags.
However, in 181 games in the MLB, Thames has only hit 21 home runs and driven in 62, with a slash line of .250/.296/.431 during that time. If he were to struggle in the majors, the team would have to have his consent to send him down to the minor leagues, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
To make room for Thames, the Brewers designated Chris Carter for assignment, who was reportedly non-tendered. Carter was non-tendered last season and had a career year in the power department for the Brew Crew in 2016, hitting 41 home runs, which was tied for most in the National League, and driving in 94, despite boasting a subpar .222/.321/.499.
The reasoning behind the Chris Carter move is due to financial issues. Carter made $2.5 million in 2016, but was expected to make up to $10 million in arbitration. The Brewers will attempt to move Carter before he is released or outrighted off the roster, but a destination is currently unknown. The most logical spot for Carter would be an American League club who is in dire need of a DH, like the Boston Red Sox.null