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.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.