The New York Yankees have reportedly reached an agreement with first baseman Chris Carter on a one-year contract worth $3.5 million with $500,000 in possible incentives, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports first reported the deal.
The 30-year-old Carter led the National League in home runs last year with 41 home runs, while driving in 41 runs. He played in a career-high and league-high 160 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016, posting an unsatisfying slash line of .222/.321/.499 across 644 plate appearances, including a league-high 206 strikeouts.
The client of Sports Management Partners was not tendered a contract at the beginning of the offseason by the Brewers, as the team did not want to pay as much as $8 million — expected arbitration numbers — making him a free agent with the team unable to find a trade for him. The Yankees found him to be worth it at a discount and they can even tender him a contract after this season, since he will still be eligible for arbitration.
At first base, which also made him not as appealing to team's as a player with his power potential has is, he performed well below-average, be accountable for minus-19 DRS and a minus-15.5 UZR with the Brewers. He will likely split time with Greg Bird at first base and Matt Holliday at the designated hitter spot.null