Carter was released by the Twins on Saturday, Rochester Redwings PR Coordinator Nate Rowan reports.
The former home-run champ hasn't done much of note this season, hitting .224/.317/.519 at the Triple-A level with the Twins and Angels. Still just 31, Carter could eventually find his way back to the big leagues, though he's unlikely to be a hot commodity having hit just .201/.284/.370 in 62 games for the Yankees last season in his last taste of major-league action.
The Twins acquired Carter in a trade with the Angels on Tuesday.
Carter signed a minor-league deal with the Angels in February but failed to crack the Opening Day roster after spring training. The 31-year-old has a .255/.333/.600 slash line with 13 home runs and 49 strikeouts at the Triple-A level this season. A big-league opportunity could present itself for the veteran power hitter at some point this season, but for now he will report to Triple-A Rochester.
The Angels informed Carter on Monday that he wouldn't be included on the club's Opening Day roster.
Carter was vying for role as a power bat behind Albert Pujols at first base in addition to jockeying for at-bats at designated hitter, but it appears the Angels are comfortable with Luis Valbuena and Jefry Marte serving in those capacities. Unless other teams reach out to him with interest in adding him to their 40-man roster, Carter will likely stick with the Angels and report to Triple-A Salt Lake to begin the season.
Carter agreed to a minor-league contract with the Angels on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Carter started the 2017 season with the Yankees, but a disappointing performance led to him being designated for assignment and joining the A's on a minor-league deal. With New York, Carter played in 62 games and slashed .201/.284/.370. Carter, who typically sacrifices batting average in exchange for power, hit just eight home runs over that time. Should he appear in the majors with the Angels, Carter will likely act as a reserve option at first base.
Carter signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
Carter will report to Triple-A Nashville to begin his career in the organization. He was atrocious with the Yankees this season, as he managed just a .201/.284/.370 line on 62 appearances. He hit 41 home runs for the Brewers in 2016, but he simply hasn't shown enough contact ability to warrant a major-league roster spot this year. If he can get hot for Nashville, though, the A's might be willing to give him a shot.
Carter was released Friday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
Carter had been up and down over the past two weeks as the Yankees tried to resolve their first-base situation, but it looks like his time in the Bronx is finally done for good. Ji-Man Choi has hit a pair of home runs in his first four games in the majors, and the Yankees appear ready to let it ride on Choi rather than hope that Carter can find enough home runs to make up for his massive strikeout rate. Carter's Yankees career will end with a .201/.284/.370 batting line.
Carter was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Tuesday.
The Yankees have dropped Carter from their 40-man roster for the second time in the last two weeks. Carter was slashing just .203/.283/.374 with eight homers in 61 games for the big club this season, which wasn't good enough to offset his defensive struggles. Ji-Man Choi had his contract purchased from Triple-A in a corresponding move and should serve as the Yankees' starting first baseman until Tyler Austin (hamstring) returns from the DL.
Carter will start at first base and bat seventh Sunday against the Astros, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Though Carter was designated for assignment just over a week ago, a rash of injuries thinned the Yankees' depth at first base and resulted in the veteran receiving the call back to the big club Thursday. It looks like he'll serve as the primary option at first base through the All-Star break, as Sunday will mark his third start in a row. Carter is batting .206/.284/.383 on the season and will need to show renewed power before fantasy players outside of deeper formats can keep him in the lineup with confidence.
Carter went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 13-4 win over the Astros.
His exile from the Yankees lasted all of about a week after Tyler Austin (hamstring) and Matt Holliday (illness) hit the DL, leaving the team scrambling for options at first base. Carter was hitting ninth Friday, however, and despite his strong performance in a blowout he still has a weak .209 batting average, .679 OPS and 72 strikeouts in 58 games on the year, affording him very little job security.
Carter is back with the Yankees on Thursday, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Carter was recently designated for assignment, but with the Yankees losing players seemingly every other day to the DL, the first baseman returns to the team in Chicago prior to the series finale. He is not in the lineup but Carter is on the active roster and could see time back at first in the coming days, but will likely serve as the backup to Austin Romine when he isn't filling in behind the plate.
Carter was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
It's been quite the fall for Carter, who went from hitting 41 home runs with the Brewers in 2016 to going unclaimed off waivers less than a year later. The first baseman is still capable of supplying power, but his climbing strikeout rate (a career-high 37 percent this season) and lack of defensive utility make him an unappealing bench bat for many teams, at least while he's owed $3 million in 2017. He'll need to curb the strikeouts and provide home-run production on a more regular basis in order to earn another look from the Yankees.
Carter was designated for assignment following Friday's game against the Rangers.
Carter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his final game to bring his batting line to a brutal .204/.286/.383. The pop he provides just hasn't been enough to offset his lack of contact ability. The Yankees will call up Tyler Austin to replace Carter before Saturday's game.
Carter is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels.
Carter has gone hitless over his last three games while striking out six times in 10 at-bats, so he'll take a seat against Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco. Matt Holliday picks up a rare start at first base while catcher Gary Sanchez serves as the Yankees' designated hitter, opening up a nod behind the plate for Austin Romine.
Carter went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox.
He's now homered in consecutive games, giving Carter six blasts on the season, and the three-hit performance got his batting average back over .200 for the first time since May 26. With Greg Bird (ankle) close to returning to action, Carter will need to keep slugging if he wants to retain even a platoon role at first base.
Carter went 1-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.
The home run was his fifth of the season, but otherwise Carter has been a major disappointment while filling in for the injured Greg Bird, as he's sporting a slash line of just .183/.278/.357. His struggles have led to the Yankees trying to work in other options at first base, and with Bird nearing a return, Carter's status as an everyday player could change.
Carter is out of the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports,
Even with Greg Bird (ankle) out, Carter has been sitting every four or five games lately. He is 1-for-21 with nine strikeouts over his last eight games, and is clearly in one of his notorious lengthy slumps. Rob Refsnyder is starting at first base and hitting ninth.
Carter is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.
With a .629 OPS over 119 plate appearances this season, Carter hasn't provided the pop the Yankees were banking on after he assumed a regular starting role at first base earlier this month following Greg Bird's (ankle) placement on the disabled list. Bird is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday and could come off the DL and settle into an everyday role as soon as next week, but Carter may lose out on primary starting duties at the position even before then. Carter finds himself on the bench for the second straight game Wednesday with recent call-up Rob Refsnyder earning another nod at first base.
Carter is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Carter has just six hits (albeit three home runs) over the past two weeks, so he'll head to the bench for a night off Tuesday. Rob Refsnyder will fill in at first base for the evening.
Carter went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Kansas City.
The slugger has struggled so far this season to the tune of a .213/.304/.393 slash line, and has seen his power numbers dwindle since becoming part of a first-base platoon. He's only 3-for-his-last-20 at the plate, though two of those hits left the park. Carter's capable of going on a power surge at any given time, especially at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, so continue to monitor the veteran as the season progresses.
Carter is not in the Yankees' lineup Saturday against the Rays.
The slugger has gone 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts over the past three games, so manager Joe Girardi will give him a chance to clear his head. Matt Holliday takes over at first base and Aaron Judge serves as the designated hitter for the first time this season.
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