The New York Yankees have officially inked 1B/DH Chris Carter to a one-year deal and made room for him by designating Richard Bleier for assignment.
The New York Yankees officially signed Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, the team’s PR department announced via Twitter on Thursday.
In order to make room for the 2016 National League home run co-leader, New York designated left-handed reliever Richard Bleier for assignment.
Bleier maintained a 1.96 ERA in 23 appearances in the Bronx last season and allowed just six against left-handed hitters during his first taste of the majors (.150 BAA).
Carter will receive a $500K signing bonus (added to a base salary of $3 million) and can earn an additional $100K for reaching 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances. The Yankees can also retain his services 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 NL. The righty also slugged the sixth-most home runs (131) in major league baseball since 2013 and will likely battle it out with Tyler Austin in spring training for the backup first base role.
Carter will wear No. 48, a number worn by 2B/OF Eric Young Jr. last season.