The New York Yankees have reached a deal with 1B/DH Chris Carter on a one-year, $3 million contract for the 2017 season. 

The New York Yankees have added some first base and designated hitter depth on Tuesday with the signing of the reigning NL home run leader, Chris Carter.

Bob Nightengale was the first to report the signing, which is a one-year, $3 million contract, pending a physical.



Carter will receive a $500K signing bonus and can make an additional $100K for reaching 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances. They can also maintain him for 2018 by offering salary arbitration.

In 160 games a year ago, Carter slashed .222/.321/.499, maintained a .821 OPS and was tied with Nolan Arenado for the most home runs (41) in the National League. The righty also slugged the sixth-most home runs (131) in major league baseball since 2013.

While $3 million seems like a bargain for that production, it’s worth noting that Carter owns the second-most strikeouts in that same span including 206 a year ago.

The Yankees do have Greg Bird returning from injury and signed Matt Holliday to be the DH with the “depth” position covered up by 25-year old Tyler Austin — but seeing 41 home runs translate to Yankee Stadium (again, for $3 million) should be a sight.

Plus, after seeing the assembly line of first basemen trying to fill the hole lost in Mark Teixeira’s fall-off last year, a little depth couldn’t hurt.

Let’s get back to the power, though. 

Last season, Carlos Beltran (who was traded in July) led the team with 22 home runs and the team, as a whole, failed to reach the 200 home run mark.

Over the last 17 seasons, the “Bombers” have hit over 200 total home runs in 13 seasons. In all 13 of those seasons, they clinched playoff berths while in the four sub-200 home run seasons (including 2016), they did not.

Yes, they have Holliday Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro coming off 20 home run seasons but overall, there wasn’t a ton of established power on this year’s roster.

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Christian Kouroupakis
Christian is a broadcast Journalism major at Penn State University, Class of 2018. He’s the New York Yankees Beat Writer and Editorial Director at ESNY and formerly a staff writer at Empire Writes Back and Editor at Yanks Go Yard (FanSided).

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  • HooHaa

    A “steal”? no. They got him at market rate.
    Talk up the power all you want the guy strikes out almost 40% of his ABs. So he backs up Bird who only strikes out a 3rd of his ABs. And Austin who only strikes out a third as well.Combine that with Judge in RF (and look at Sanchez’s K ratio) you’ve got a ton of Ks for very few HRs clogging up the middle part of your order. That’s not an improvement over Teix and McCann.
    So a $3m insurance policy for Bird AND Austin AND Judge. doesn’t sound like a “steal” at all.

    • Christian Kouroupakis

      Debatable. Yes, the K’s are there and no he won’t suddenly turn into an All-Star with the Yankees. BUT, his 131 home runs since 2013 are the sixth best in MLB which is two slots ahead of Jose Bautista – a guy who just got $18.5 million. In that list, no one in the top 10 is making less than $10 million for 2017 (besides Papi bc… well, he won’t be playing in ’17). Carter is making $3 million. Plus, when his numbers are compared to other Yankee hitters with at least 500 plate appearances in 2016, Carter leads the list in home runs, RBI’s, walk percentage, isolated power, slugging percentage and OPS. Having THAT to fall back on (instead of the terrible rotation of Dustin Ackley, Chris Parmelee, Rob Refsnyder, Ike Davis and Billy Butler last season) for $3 million is an absolute bargain.