Contract Details

Pending a successful physical, free agent first baseman Chris Carter will join the New York Yankees for the 2017 season. USA Today's Bob Nightengale has reported the following contract details:

  • One-year deal guaranteeing Carter $3.5 million ($3M base salary, $500k signing bonus)
  • Up to $500k in incentives available; $100k each for reaching 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances during the regular season

MLB Career

Since making his MLB debut on August 9, 2010, Carter has appeared in parts of seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers. He has totaled 150 home runs and 374 runs batted in while playing in 688 games. With the Brewers in 2016, he set a new career-high and tied for the National League lead with 41 home runs. The team granted him free agency on Dec. 2.

Carter's solo shot wins it in the 10th

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Outlook for 2017

Despite his tremendous power-hitting ability, Carter's struggles to make contact—he totaled an NL-worst 206 strikeouts last season—and defensive limitations could affect his playing time with the Yankees. The 30-year-old has been used primarily as a first baseman and designated hitter with his previous teams, but the Yankees have alternatives at both positions in Greg Bird and Matt Holliday, respectively. However, Bird missed the entire 2016 campaign following shoulder surgery, and Holliday has spent significant time on the disabled list during each of the past two seasons. 

Even if Carter doesn't initially start on a daily basis, he would see his role expand quickly should either of those players continue to battle injuries.

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