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Dodgers, Yankees interested in Chris Carter

The slugger’s market is still developing, with two high-profile clubs jumping in.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers and Yankees both have at least some interest in free-agent slugger Chris Carter, according to reports from FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Los Angeles has checked in on Carter and could offer him a part-time spot at first base alongside Adrian Gonzalez, though his salary demands may be too great for what the Dodgers are looking to spend. The Dodgers are obviously always willing to spend, but may have some financial constraints after re-signing Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill already this winter.

The Yankees could offer Carter a more prominent spot at first, with Greg Bird, Tyler Austin and Matt Holliday serving as the club’s other options. New York, of course, can offer at-bats at designated hitter that the Dodgers cannot.

Carter’s market has been slow to develop due to the surplus of free-agent sluggers available this winter, and Bob Nightengale of USA Today notes that his current offers are in the $2.5 million to $3 million range. Carter’s strongest suitor to this point has been the Rays, with a deal in Japan among the other possibilities at this late stage in the offseason.