Chris Carter Agrees To 1-Year 3.5M Deal With New York Yankees

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 02/08/17 01:27AM EST

Chris Carter, who was tied for the lead in home runs last season in the National League is bringing his big bat to the Bronx. Reports claim that Carter agreed to a 1-year $3.5 million contract with the New York Yankees.

Chris Carter And The New York Yankees

Yahoo Sports News reported that the deal, which is subject to a successful physical, includes a $500,000 signing bonus, a $3 million salary and $500,000 in performance bonuses: $100,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances.

Chris Carter gave his thoughts on Tuesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, he said: ''I am excited to go play for a bigger market team with more national exposure,''

According to MLB, Carter tied the Rockies' Nolan Arenado for the National League lead with 41 home runs last season, batting .222 with 27 doubles and a career-best 94 RBIs in 160 games for the Milwaukee Brewers. Carter also led the NL with 206 strikeouts and was non-tendered by Milwaukee in November.

Carter earned $2.5 million last season and would now be the third significant free agent signed this winter by the Yankees, following their deals with Matt Holliday for one-year, $13 million and closer Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million, a new record for a reliever.

Yankees pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 14, with the full squad set to report on Feb. 18. Carter said that it was a relief to finally know which uniform he would be wearing in 2017.

"It's definitely been tough having to wait this long in the offseason when Spring Training is so close. But I'm glad to have this out of the way now so I can get out there at Spring Training and have a team and be out there with the guys and I'm ready for whatever role they give me. I know they have Holliday and I know Bird's there, so I'm looking to help the team in any way I can." Carter said.

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