Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Chris Carter, who hit 41 home runs in 2016, finally found a home Tuesday when he agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the New York Yankees, a baseball official directly involved with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The official was not authorized to discuss it publicly because the deal still is pending a physical.
Carter was hoping to reach a multi-year deal when the Brewers non-tendered him in the offseason, fearing he would make at least $8 million in salary arbitration. Yet, the market dried up this winter for right-handed sluggers, and his major-league leading 206 strikeouts soured teams.
Carter, who received several offers of $2.5 million to $3 million early in the winter, was running out of options and even considered going to Japan.
The Yankees, however, decided that they needed depth at first base with rookie Greg Bird coming off major shoulder surgery. He could wind up platooning with Bird at first base.
My first thought is, eh. The terms are certainly reasonable and Carter doesn’t have to do much to be worth his contract, but I’d rather have seen what someone like Tyler Austin would do. But this allows them to take it slow with Greg Bird if he’s not 100% yet, and possibly gives them a trade chip that can be leveraged in July.
Here are his 2017 CAIRO forecasts as a Yankee:
He projects as a below average defender at 1B or LF, but not atrociously bad.
Honestly, it’s a good contract and should have surplus value, even if it’s not an ideal fit given the current roster of the Yankees. But I am completely unmoved by it.