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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 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

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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

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals have "thought about" making a run at free agent Chris Carter.

The Royals are looking to add some power to their lineup and Carter obviously provides plenty of that. However, the Royals seem to prefer a left-handed bat, making it unlikely that Carter ends up in Kansas City. The Rangers and Rays have also been linked to Carter. It's been a rough offseason for free agent sluggers, especially for all-or-nothing guys like Carter and Mark Trumbo.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 28 - 9:36 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirmed Friday that the Rays have interest in free agent slugger Chris Carter.

Jon Heyman had reported earlier in the week that the Rays could be in the mix for Carter. Tampa is known to be in the market for a powerful right-handed bat, and Carter certainly fits the bill. The 30-year-old blasted a career-best 41 homers in 2016 but also hit just .222 and struck out a league-leading 206 times.
Jan 27 - 8:59 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Rays "are believed to be in the mix" for Chris Carter.

Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said in an interview earlier this month that he had talked to the Rangers about his client, but this is the first we've heard of the Rays' interest. The slugger is likely a backup plan for Texas, as they would still like to sign Mike Napoli. Tampa is known to be looking for a hitter, and Carter would make sense especially since he can probably be had relatively cheap at this point.
Jan 23 - 4:52 PM's Joe Frisaro doesn't expect the Marlins to seriously pursue Chris Carter or Mark Reynolds.

This comes a day after ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the Marlins were interested in both players. Frisaro believes the Marlins are at their payroll limit and could open the year with a four-man bench featuring Derek Dietrich, A.J. Ellis, Miguel Rojas and Ichiro Suzuki. That would allow the Marlins to carry eight relievers. The Marlins have been looking for a platoon partner to pair with Justin Bour but now seem resigned to using him as their everyday first baseman.
Jan 21 - 11:41 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are interested in adding a right-handed hitting first baseman and have discussed Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds, among others.

The Marlins have Justin Bour to start at first base against right-handers, but they'd like to add a bat to platoon with him. It seems likely that Carter will be seeking a full-time job following a 41-homer season, although his market has been very quiet to this point. Reynolds had a nice season in Colorado in 2016 (.282/.356/.450) but would surely be more receptive to a platoon role.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM

Chris Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said in an interview on MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he's discussed his client with the Orioles and Rangers.

The A's have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Carter, but Stewart said he hasn't had any talks with them. The Rangers might no longer be a fit, either, if they're able to complete a contract with Mike Napoli as expected. Baltimore does make sense as a landing spot for Carter, although the Orioles still would like to re-sign Mark Trumbo. Stewart noted that he doesn't expect Carter to sign with any club anytime soon.
Jan 15 - 12:15 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that four teams remain engaged on free agent slugger Chris Carter.

Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said just prior to the holidays that he expected things to heat up with his client once Edwin Encarnacion signed. That hasn't happened and now the belief is that the market is waiting on Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista. Carter tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for first in the NL with 41 homers in 2016, but he became a free agent last month after being non-tendered by the Brewers.
Jan 10 - 2:29 PM

Chris Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, told Jerry Crasnick of that he expects things to heat up with his client once Edwin Encarnacion signs.

Yes, Dave Stewart is working as an agent again after being fired as Diamondbacks general manager. Encarnacion is the big fish in the market with a lot of dominoes among first base/designated hitter/outfielder-types. Stewart says that he's received calls from multiple teams on Carter, but there's been "no real commitment." The veteran slugger was surprisingly non-tendered earlier this month after tying for the National League lead with 41 homers this past season.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:28:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of reports that it's unlikely the Orioles make a run at Chris Carter.

Kubatko says the club is "focused" on re-signing Mark Trumbo right now and "seem prepared" to give the designated hitter spot to Trey Mancini if Trumbo isn't retained. Carter was surprisingly non-tendered by the Brewers following his 41-homer season. He'll find a job somewhere, although it sounds like it won't be in Baltimore.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 02:05:00 PM

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C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
3Kyle Higashioka
1B1Greg Bird
2Chris Carter
3Tyler Austin
2B1Starlin Castro
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Ronald Torreyes
3Pete Kozma
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Aaron Judge
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Matt Holliday
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S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3CC Sabathia
4Luis Severino
5Bryan Mitchell
6Jordan Montgomery
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R1Aroldis Chapman
2Dellin Betances
3Tyler Clippard
4Tommy Layne
5Adam Warren
6Jonathan Holder