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New York Yankees Close to Signing Chris Carter, Rays Lose Out

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The Rays look to have lost out on another free agent as Chris Carter is heading to the Yankees

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For the past few weeks, it seemed like everything was in place for Chris Carter to sign with the Rays. He wasn’t drawing much interest elsewhere and the Rays had a significant need for a player of Carter’s abilities.

Now, per Bob Nightengale, the Yankees are closing in on a one year deal with the 2016 National League home run leader for $3M, that could accumulate to up to $500K more. Carter is also still an arbitration eligible player and will have two more years of control following the 2017 season.

Just last night, Marc Topkin reported “all is quiet” but things must have quickly progressed as the Yankees entered the fray earlier this morning and are now on the cusp of adding a strong force in the middle of their lineup.

Last week, the Rays made a surprise addition as they reportedly re-signed Logan Morrison to a one year deal in which he’ll make roughly the same amount as Chris Carter’s reported contract. The Rays are still in the hunt to add a right-handed power bat to their lineup, but now that Chris Carter is heading to a division rival as well as Mike Napoli getting to close to a deal with the Texas Ranger, the Rays lot to choose from is quickly disappearing.