The Oakland Athletics have reunited with an old friend, first baseman Chris Carter.
The Oakland Athletics announced Friday that they have signed Carter to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville.
Carter was drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was eventually traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson in 2007.
Carter made his debut in August of 2010 with the Athletics but didn’t exceed his rookie limits in 2012. He played in 67 games for the A’s and hit 16 home runs.He was part of the trade that brought Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez to the Oakland Athletics from the Houston Astros.
Carter spent three seasons in Houston. In 2013 he led the league in strikeouts, he kept hitting home runs but his batting average stayed low as well. In three years with the Astros, Carter hit .218/.312/.459 and hit a total of 90 home runs while driving in 234 runs.
After being granted free agency in 2015, Carter signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and ending up the National League Home Run Champion in 2016 with 41 home runs.
The Brewers granted Carter free agency and in early 2017 he signed a contract with the New York Yankees. Picking up the reigning NL Home Run Champ seemed like a good idea at the time for the Yankees, I’m sure.
Unfortunately for Carter his season went the opposite direction while he was with the Yankees. He played in 62 games and hit just .218 with a .284 on-base percentage. He hit just eight home runs and drove in just 26 RBI.
The team released Carter on July 10 and the 30-year-old has come full circle. Whether he will ever play in the big leagues with the Oakland Athletics is questionable.The team has power-hitting Ryon Healy and All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso manning first base. However, there’s a chance that he could spend a game or two in the outfield in the event of an injury.
I seriously doubt that any of that is possible, but at least Carter still has a job in baseball.
He has some serious power and there’s a chance the Athletics are hoping he can figure out the rest of his game in Triple-A but that’s doubtful.
With the A’s in the midst of a major youth movement (or if you prefer full rebuild, I prefer the former), they aren’t going to need a 30-year-old who hasn’t figured out how not to strike out and can’t seem to get on base.
Still, in this game you never know what could happen. Welcome back to the Oakland organization, Chris Carter.