NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees have agreed to terms with 2016 National League home run co-champ Chris Carter on a one-year contract.
The Bombers inked the right-handed power hitter to the $3 million deal pending a physical, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, also of FanRag Sports, reported Tuesday.
Playing for the Milwaukee Brewers last season, Carter tied with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the National League lead with 41 home runs.
The market for Carter’s services, however, was so cold that he reportedly considered listening to offers from Japanese teams. Carter’s career batting average is just .218, and his fielding percentage ranked last among 20 qualified first basemen in 2016.
The Brewers non-tendered Carter after last season, reportedly to avoid paying him a projected $8 million in arbitration.
Greg Bird is projected to be the Yankees’ Opening Day first baseman, although he missed all of last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The Yankees also have youngsters Tyler Austin and Rob Refsnyder who can play first.