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Chris Carter | First Baseman | #31

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 15 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Carter retooled his swing over the winter after watching video and is now attempting a more contact-oriented, less pull-heavy approach.
Carter has been your prototypical all-or-nothing slugger in his career, but the lack of interest in him this offseason convinced the 31-year-old he needed to change. It's super early, but the new approach has led to a 5-for-14 start this spring with one home run and just three strikeouts. Martin Maldonado, who was teammates with Carter with the Brewers and now with the Angels, says Carter "looks way different now." It will be interesting to see whether Carter's changes stick, but he's going to need an injury or two before he gets a shot with the Angels. Mar 5 - 9:06 PM

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Angels signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carter will make $1.75 million if in the majors, with a possible $600,000 more in incentives. Carter batted just .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs over 208 plate appearances for the Yankees last season before being released at midseason. He caught on with the A's on a minor league pact after that but wasn't called up. Carter, 31, will help replenish some of the first base depth the Angels lost when they traded C.J. Cron.
Feb 18 - 3:13 PM

Athletics signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract.

The Rangers were also reportedly intrigued by Carter, who was released by the Yankees on July 10. The slugger struggled mightily during his time in the Bronx, hitting just .201/.284/.370 with eight homers in 208 plate appearances. He will report to Triple-A Nashville.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 09:01:00 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears that free agent Chris Carter will sign with a new team on Wednesday.

Carter was released by the Yankees earlier this month after batting .201/.284/.370 with eight homers over 208 plate appearances. There isn't a great market for players of his type, so the veteran slugger will probably have to settle for a minor league contract and a platoon role.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 02:50:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Athletics are two of the teams that are considering Chris Carter.

It seems likely that Carter would have to settle for a minor league contract. The 30-year-old has batted only .201/.284/.370 with eight homers over 208 plate appearances this season.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 02:29:00 PM

Yankees released 1B Chris Carter.

Carter again cleared waivers after being designated for assignment for the second time in the last three weeks, but rather than be outrighted to the minors like he was last time, he was just given his release. The 30-year-old has batted only .201/.284/.370 with eight homers over 208 plate appearances this season, but he's just a year removed from leading the NL in homers so he'll catch on somewhere. It just might be on a minor league contract.
Mon, Jul 10, 2017 07:34:00 PM

Yankees designated 1B Chris Carter for assignment.

Carter was batting just .201/.284/.370 in 62 games this season with New York. He still has good power and could draw some interest on waivers because of his reasonable $3.5 million salary, though his market may be limited to American League teams.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 05:22:00 PM

Chris Carter went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Carter managed a little flair RBI single in the ninth inning to score Chase Headley. The Yankees have still not been shut out this season. The first baseman should continue to see starting at-bats moving forward, as the Yankees are dealing with a slew of injuries, but there is no fantasy upside with the contact-averse, defense-averse sometime-slugger at this juncture.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 05:47:00 PM

Chris Carter went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Yankees’ blowout win over the Astros on Friday.

Carter, who was designated for assignment last weekend, drove in a run with an infield single in the sixth inning before doubling home a run in the ninth. It was a nice night for him, but he’s still batting just .209/.289/.390 through 58 games. He’s playing out of necessity right now, but the Yankees figure to be on the market for a more stable option this month.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 01:04:00 AM

Yankees purchased the contract of 1B Chris Carter from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He was sent outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after clearing waivers earlier this week but never made an appearance for the RailRiders. Carter will be available off the bench Thursday against the White Sox. The Yankees are expected to place Tyler Austin (hamstring) on the disabled list in the corresponding roster move.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Yankees sent 1B Chris Carter outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Carter cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A. He'll collect a nice paycheck while playing against minor leaguers.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 03:19:00 PM

Yankees designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment.

So much for the 2016 NL home run champ. Carter hit just .204 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 167 at-bats, but the Yankees probably would have stuck with him longer if not for his poor defense at first base. Now they'll go to Tyler Austin, a player with a similar profile but one who has been red-hot in the minors.
Sat, Jun 24, 2017 01:26:00 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Chris Carter is "still the best alternative" at first base.

With Greg Bird still down with an ankle injury and looking a ways off from his return, Carter has seen the bulk of at-bats at first for the Yankees this season. Unfortunately. The sometime-slugger is hitting just .201/.287/.384 and has struck out in 66 of 159 at-bats. Cashman said that first base prospect Tyler Austin is "not ready yet." Looks like the Chris Carter Experience will continue until further notice.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 05:17:00 PM

Chris Carter went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI against the Red Sox in Wednesday's win.

Carter also homered Tuesday, but this one tonight rates as his best game as a Yankee. Unfortunately, it seems like he's turning it on just before the team is set to get Greg Bird back from the disabled list next week. He's hitting .202 with six homers in 119 at-bats.
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 10:03:00 PM

Chris Carter swatted a solo shot Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Carter took Drew Pomeranez over the left field wall in the fifth inning. He had a chance to come up big again in the eighth against closer Craig Kimbrel but struck out with the tying and go-ahead runs on base. The dinger was Carter's first in 11 games and just his second hit over that stretch. He's about to see his playing time cut dramatically with Greg Bird (ankle) due back soon.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 11:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
3Carlos Perez
4Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2Chris Carter
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Kaleb Cowart
3Colin Walsh
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
3Jabari Blash
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Parker Bridwell
6Tyler Skaggs
7J.C. Ramirez
8Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
R1Blake Parker
2Cam Bedrosian
3Keynan Middleton
4Jim Johnson
5Blake Wood
6Jose Alvarez
7Luke Bard
8Felix Pena
9Noe Ramirez
10Ian Krol