Brewers find a new 1B: Sign Thames, Designate Carter

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photo creds: (The Korea Times) 1B/OF Eric Thames has spent many seasons between the MLB and Korea. The Brewers bring him back to the MLB.

Here is the answer to everyone’s question of, “What are the Brewers going to do with Chris Carter?” The Brewers designate Chris Carter for assignment, and sign 1B/OF Eric Thames to a 3 year/$16 million contract on Tuesday. Brewers GM David Stearns has a total of 10 days to attempt to trade Carter, otherwise he will become a free agent.

A 30 year old first basemen, and outfielder played in South Korea for the NC Dinos these past 3 seasons. He hit .348 with 124 home runs, 379 RBIs, and 64 steals in 388 games. In the past, he has also played for the Blue Jays, and the Seattle Mariners. The Brewers are excited about the new left handed bat in the lineup as he is among a number of right handed bats. He was the MVP in South Korea after becoming the first player in league history with 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases. He has a combination of power and speed, which is a great fit for this young Brewers team.

Thames gets $4 million next season, $5 million in 2018 and $6 million in 2019, and also a $7.5 million option for 2020.

Welcome to Milwaukee, Eric Thames!

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