Twins acquire 2016 NL HR leader Chris Carter from Angels

Chris Carter is headed to Minnesota.

The Twins have acquired the slugging first baseman-outfielder from the Angels for cash considerations in a minor-league trade, Minnesota announced Tuesday.

The 2016 National League home run leader, Carter smashed a league-high 41 home runs with the Brewers while batting .222 that year. He last played in the majors with the Yankees last July, finishing the season hitting .201 with eight home runs in 62 games for New York.

Carter, 31, batted .255 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 38 games for the Angels’ Triple-A Salt Lake affiliate this season.

He’s 21 years old. It’s OK that he’s not perfect yet. And another thing his teammates wanted to talk about: He’s allowed only 13 hits in those 22 innings — 11 singles and two doubles. Opponents are making contact, yes, but not solid contact.

Put it like this: He’s gonna throw the ball in the middle, and it ends up at the knees, first baseman Jose Martinez told SN. When it moves, you’ve got to change your angle. That’s why he’s getting weak contact and ground balls all the time. For me, if he goes out there and it’s 10 ground balls every time, that’s perfect. Don’t worry about the strikeouts. Go out there and throw it in the middle. Pena sets up in the middle, and that ball’s gonna move, 100 percent. That guy’s nasty. He’s going to be good, and I’m glad he’s going to be around.

The sink on Hicks’ fastball is creating lots of balls on the ground for his fielders to handle. Of the past 19 balls opponents have put in play, only four have been in the air.

When you’re facing 105 with sink, that is not fun at all, Martinez said.

It is fun to watch, though.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL was planning to suspend Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in relation to the allegation. The NFL had no comment Friday.

The female Uber driver — who has only ever been identified as Kate — did not go public with the allegation that Winston grabbed her crotch during the Uber ride until last fall, when she told BuzzFeed News that she wanted to tell the truth about a powerful man who felt entitled to my body when all I wanted to do was my job. She did, however, file a formal complaint about Winston to Uber soon after the ride. She ended that complaint by stating, He is NOT safe for other drivers, according to the BuzzFeed News story. Winston’s Uber-riding privileges were revoked, but Winston did not notify the league of the complaint against him.

The woman has not filed a police report to date, and her attorney, John Clune, said Thursday that he did not have any comment about the NFL’s decision or what steps the woman might take next.

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