For the second time in less than two weeks, Chris Carter will have to pack his bags. The Yankees designated the 30-year-old first baseman for assignment after Tuesday’s loss. The team announced they had selected the contract of Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A to take his place.
The Yankees originally DFA’d Carter back on June 24, and he accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A after just four days in limbo. He spent less than 24 hours on the Scranton roster, probably by design, and was recalled to replace the injured Tyler Austin. In four games since his return, Carter was 3-for-15 (.200) with six strikeouts.
On the flip-side, Choi had turned it up a notch at Scranton. The 26-year-old went 13-for-37 (.351) in his last 10 games, with five home runs and 15 RBI in that span. On the season, he is slashing .289/.371/.505 with eight homers and 43 RBIs. He’s likely to be in the lineup tomorrow against Marco Estrada.
As the rules go, Carter is immediately removed from the 25-man and 40-man rosters. The team has 10 days to find a trade partner or release him. If he clears waivers, they can try to outright him again. Carter is able to decline any outright assignment and elect free agency because he has more than three years of MLB service time.