Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics have signed slugger Chris Carter to a minor league contract. He will report to Triple-A Nashville.
Carter, 30, was released by the Yankees on July 10. He hit .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 208 plate appearances with the Yankees this season prior to his release. It was particularly disappointing considering he led the National League with 41 home runs last season as a Brewer.
If Carter does get called up to the majors, he’ll likely have to settle for contributing as a bench bat or as part of a platoon.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.