The Yankees have designated LHP Richard Bleier for assignment to make room on the roster for 1B/DH/OF Chris Carter, whose deal was announced Thursday.
Carter agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million last week, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported.
The deal includes incentives based on plate appearances.
The 30-year-old Carter made $2.5 million last season for the Brewers after making $4.175 million with the Astros in 2015.
Carter had received "several offers" this offseason that would pay him between $2.5 million and $3 million and had reportedly been waiting for a more lucrative offer, Nightengale reported.
The Dodgers were also expressing interest in Carter, reported Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
He hit .222 with a .321 OBP and .499 SLG with 41 HR and 94 RBI last season for Milwaukee.
Carter has hit .218 with a .314 OBP and .463 SLG with 150 HR in seven seasons split between the Athletics, Astros, and Brewers.
Unless Carter's signing comes with future roster movement, which provides him enough at-bats to make an impact without affecting the young players in the system, I'm not certain how he fits.
There are certainly risks with Greg Bird due to his coming off shoulder surgery, and Tyler Austin because he's had his own ups and downs in his professional career. However, I'd much rather see the club allow both of them, or anyone in the minor league system to have all the reps at first base this season, instead of a one-dimensional player that remained on the open market this long for a reason.
With Carter on the team, I can see Yankees manager Joe Girardi -- who loves his veterans -- going to him far too often at first base. This would effectively take valuable experience away from the youngsters who need it to become better players and prevents them from gaining confidence as major leaguers.
Further, if Carter is robbing playing time from the Yankees' young players, how will the team know what they have for the future?