As I was still discovering that I needed to start this blog, I wrote two posts at the old blog surrounding the Chris Carter quandary. Here’s a couple of excerpts:
As I was talking Friday with a friend about baseball I mentioned offhandedly that the home-run leader from the National League (co-leader I later was reminded when researching this post), Chris Carter, remains an unsigned free agent with Spring Training only a couple of weeks away. Carter had 41 homers last year and 94 RBIs while playing first base for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was playing out a 1 year contract at $2.5M, and granted free agency at the end of the season.
And then the situation resolved:
“An AL team did sign Carter…the New York Yankees. The Yankees consistency have one of the highest payrolls in Major League so the money isn’t a major issue for them. They signed Carter for a one year, $3.5M contract.”
Carter earned $2.5 million with the Brewers in 2016 and he could provide some pop to a Yankee lineup that needs it, especially after losing Carlos Beltran (22 home runs) at the 2016 trade deadline and Brian McCann (20 home runs) to a trade with Houston this offseason.
If you’re interested in the economics and the movements in the baseball marketplace around the less-than-mobile slugger, I’d read both posts and the posts that are linked out to from them. I’ll have more for you tomorrow!