The New York Yankees today announced they have signed first baseman Chris Carter to a one-year contract for the 2017 season.
Carter, 30, batted .222 (122-for-549) with 84R, 27 doubles, 1 triple, 41HR, 94RBI and 76BB in 160 games with the Brewers in 2016, tying for the National League lead in home runs and games played, and setting career highs in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, runs scored and walks.
Carter is the fourth player to be acquired by the Yankees the year immediately after leading or tying for a league lead in home runs, joining Alex Rodriguez (acquired in 2004), Johnny Mize (1949) and Babe Ruth (1920).
During his seven-year Major League career, the right-handed hitter has batted .218 (499-for-2,285) with 314R, 102 doubles, 4 triples, 150HR and 374RBI in 688 games with Oakland (2010-12), Houston (2013-15) and Milwaukee (2016).
A native of Redwood City, Calif., Carter was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 15th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
To make room for Carter on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated LHP Richard Bleier for assignment.