LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Announce Carter Signing, Day Before Bad Austin News

Friday, February 17, 2017

Yankees Announce Carter Signing, Day Before Bad Austin News

Another worst-kept secret was brought out into the open yesterday when the Yankees announced the signing of 1B/DH Chris Carter to a one-year deal, worth $3.5 million.

When news of the signing began to trickle out weeks ago, no one, including me, could make sense of it. After all, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin were thought to be set to fight it out for the 1B job in Spring Training. Speculation began that Greg Bird still had not recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out for the entire 2016 season, or that a trade was in the works. Also, the fact that Carter is a right-handed hitter was puzzling, because the team had already signed Matt Holliday, another right-handed hitter, to be the primary DH.

The only things that everyone could agree on were the terms of the deal. One year at nowhere near the money Carter was looking for couldn't hurt the Yankees. Not a big deal at all.

Now, news comes out today that does make the deal big, though not for the reasons we were all thinking. Beat writer Joel Sherman tweeted this afternoon that Austin has a small break in his foot. He will be in a boot for three weeks and will participate in no baseball activities for six weeks.

So it looks as if we'll be seeing a lot more of Chris Carter this Spring, and perhaps beyond. Welcome to the Yankees, Mr Carter, and get well soon Tyler Austin.

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