Yesterday, the New York Yankees signed Chris Carter to a 1 year, $3.5 million deal. Last season, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, Carter tied for the NL lead with 41 HRs as well as 206 Ks.
Not exactly sure why the Yankees signed Carter. Yes, he brings pop and can be used as a DH on those days when Holliday, Sanchez, Bird, Judge, and Austin are all needing a day of rest.
Chris Carter will more than likely be used as a pinch-hitter, that is all. He is 30 years old and batted .222 in 2016 in 160 games.
He is right-handed, so he won’t be able to take advantage of the short-porch in right field of Yankees Stadium. Also, the lack of playing time will probably affect his overall numbers.
The only upside to having him on the roster will be for injury insurance or in case Bird does not come back from shoulder surgery well enough and Austin does not progress.
For as little as it cost the Yankees to sign him, it’s not a bad move and any help Carter can give to the team will be gravy. Based upon his initial reactions, he seems to be happy to be playing for a bigger market team and seems to be willing to take on whatever role the Yankees will use him in – that is all he will be after all, is a role player, especially if everything goes right for the Yankees and Bird, Holliday, Judge etc all progress and produce as expected.
But, as we have seen in the past, it never hurts to have role players ready to step in and Carter has been known to produce in the clutch (missed the cycle by 1 triple for the Astros in the playoffs in 2015). Welcome to the Yankees Chris!