Chris Carter Signs Minors Deal with the Rays

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Chris Carter has signed a minor league deal with the Rays.

The Mets acquired Carter from the Red Sox in a trade for Billy Wagner in August, 2009, but the team non-tendered him last month.

In 100 games with the Mets last season, Carter hit .263 with four home runs and 24 RBI with a .317 OBP in 167 at bats.

Updated by Matthew Cerrone at 9:10 am:

In December, Rubin pointed out that Carter would had to have earned $200,000 or more in Triple-A next season, plus minor league salary, had he the Mets not non-tendered him.

As I said back then, I like Carter’s bat.  I know he struggles in the field, but the guy can hit, and he’s young and not even yet arbitration eligible, so I hate seeing him get away. Of course, that is a lot of money to be paying a minor league bat, especially since he’s mostly just a bat, so I understand not fighting to retain him.