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Chris Carter | First Baseman | #48

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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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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. Jun 28 - 3:19 PM

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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.
Jun 24 - 1:26 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.
Jun 21 - 5:17 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.
Jun 7 - 10:03 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.
Jun 6 - 11:34 PM

Chris Carter is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

Rob Refsnyder will make the start at first base instead. Carter went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Monday's game and is batting just .188/.288/.347 overall. His window is quickly closing with Greg Bird (ankle) finally nearing his return.
May 30 - 3:44 PM

Chris Carter went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Orioles on Monday.

The struggles continue for Carter. He’s hitless over his last five games and now owns a miserable .188/.288/.347 batting line through 36 games. Greg Bird (ankle) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment and could be ready to take back first base duties soon.
May 29 - 4:19 PM

Chris Carter belted a solo homer and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Carter's blast over the left field wall in the fifth inning put the Yankees out to a 2-0 lead, but they were outscored 6-0 the rest of the way. The big first baseman has now gone deep in each of the first two games of the series.
May 23 - 10:05 PM

Chris Carter went 3-for-4 with his second longball of the season on Tuesday in Kansas City.

Carter singled and scored in the third inning and then followed it up with a two-run blast the next frame. He then added another single in the eighth. Carter entered the night hitting just .185 since Greg Bird went down, but as we all know, he's capable of going on a power binge at any time.
May 16 - 11:31 PM

Yankees signed 1B/DH Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal was agreed to nine days ago and then finalized Thursday after Carter reported to Yankees camp and passed his pre-signing physical. The big slugger tied Nolan Arenado for the National League lead in home runs last year with 41, but he found surprisingly little interest on the free agent market this winter. Carter, a right-handed-hitter, should start against most southpaws in the Bronx.
Feb 16 - 11:47 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees have signed free agent slugger Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal includes incentives based on plate appearances. And so, Carter goes from tying for the NL lead in homers to non-tendered to settling for a bargain basement deal. The Yankees were happy to take advantage of his underwhelming market. The addition gives the Yankees some additional flexibility in how they utilize Greg Bird, Tyler Austin, and even Matt Holliday. Carter slugged 41 homers with the Brewers last season while batting .222/.321/.499 over 160 games. He now finds himself in another great situation for power, though his fantasy impact could be limited if he mostly plays against southpaws. Carter will be arbitration-eligible again next winter, though the Yankees would have the option of non-tendering him, which has been his fate for the past two winters.
Feb 7 - 3:05 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Yankees are keeping tabs on free agent slugger Chris Carter.

The Yankees are concerned about the potential cost and the implications on the luxury tax, but they are looking at him as insurance for youngsters Greg Bird and Tyler Austin. The 30-year-old Carter has found a limited market this offseason despite tying for the NL lead with 41 homers in 2016. Of course, he also hit just .222 with a .321 on-base percentage. He's reportedly considering an opportunity in Japan if he doesn't find a satisfactory opportunity stateside.
Feb 7 - 9:10 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers checked in on free agent slugger Chris Carter.

A deal is considered unlikely, as the Dodgers are over the luxury tax threshold and would have to pay a 50 percent penalty on his contract. Carter's agent says he wants to sign with a team that can give him a starting role. Of course, the Dodgers are already set with Adrian Gonzalez manning first base. Carter hit 41 home runs and drove in 94 RBI last season, although those stellar slugging stats were accompanied by a .222 batting average. He is rumored to be considering Japan if he can't find the right combination of money and playing time stateside.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 6 - 10:53 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that free agent Chris Carter is "reluctant to leave MLB."

Carter's agent Dave Stewart said Tuesday that Carter might begin considering offers from Japanese teams with spring training approaching both here and overseas, but it sounds like that was either a negotiating ploy toward the few interested MLB clubs or a kind of last resort possibility. There is known to be some intrigue from the Rays, though they don't tend to commit sizable salaries to one-dimensional players. Carter finished tied for the National League lead in home runs last year with 41, but the 30-year-old slugger is a poor defensive first baseman with a .218 career batting average and .314 career OBP.
Feb 2 - 10:37 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, free agent Chris Carter is considering heading to Japan.

Carter launched a career-best 41 home runs with the Brewers in 2016, but Milwaukee non-tendered the 30-year-old slugger in early December and he has struggled to attract offers on this MLB free agent market that remains crowded with 1B/DH types. "I think at some point we have to make it a serious consideration," Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said of entertaining offers overseas. "It’s getting late there, too. Those teams are filling their spaces, too."
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 31 - 6:11 PM

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