Yankees sign N.L. Home Run Champion Chris Carter
The New York Yankees are not in a win-now mode, and more in the rebuilding, and developing their youngsters stage. Due to that, the Yankees didn’t make major efforts to sign sluggers Edwin Encarnacion who signed a 3 year/ $60 million deal with Indians, after MLBTR projected him to get a 4 year/ $92 million, or Jose Bautista who resigned with the Blue Jays just over the Qualifying Offer (1 year/ $18 million + options). Nor did they swing a deal for All-Star Chris Sale, while having the pieces to do so. Instead the Yankees chose to put faith in their young guys and make minor moves (aside from the closer-breaking deal, signing Aroldis Chapman).
The Yankees could use another veteran presence with such a young team, specifically in the infield. In early December they signed Matt Holiday to fill the DH role and as first base insurance, although Holiday only played 10 games at first for the Cardinals last year. And in an offseason where players were getting deals lower than projected and with the MLB season around the corner, bargain deals are bound to happen, and the Yankees took advantage and did just that, possibly striking gold with the Chris Carter signing.
The Yankees signed 2016 National League home run Champion Carter to a 1 year/ $3.5 million deal, after he mashed an NL-high 41 home runs and drove in 94 runs for the Milwaukee Brewers. Carter, 30, will see time at first base and will be a valuable option if Greg Bird or Tyler Austin struggle to start the season. Carter has hit at least 24 home runs (29, 37, 24, 41) since 2013 respectively, and will look to take advantage of the short field in the Bronx. Good move by Brian Cashman of taking advantage of the market and getting a power hitter, with 1B experience as a backup plan in case the injury bug hits again, or the Yankees’ youngsters fail to produce and prove to need more seasoning.
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