Blue Jays Trade For Yangervis Solarte
By David Lynch
On Saturday afternoon, the Blue Jays made a good depth pickup, acquiring Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres.
While the Blue Jays haven’t made many moves, the moves they have made have added a new look to the infield. After getting Aledmys Diaz to add depth to second base and shortstop, the Jays have added Yangervis Solarte, who bring much-needed depth to the whole infield.
This is a great move for the Jays, as they add someone who played every infield position last year, and someone who is a proven bat at the major league level.
Jeff Passan broke the story on Twitter:
Prospects Edward Oliveras and Jared Carkuff are going to San Diego.
This is a great move for the Jays, as they suffered through injuries to three-quarters of the infield at different times through last season. Since Solarte can play every infield position, he can provide a capable replacement to any infielder who gets injured.
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Because of the injury risk attached to Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki, this move will make sure that the Jays have someone who can cover for them if they do get hurt and have to hit the disabled list.
Solarte is a starting level infielder, so it wouldn’t be surprising if another move comes along. Currently, the Jays have five starting infielders for four spots, so the Jays may be looking at moving another starter to help the outfield and pitching.
Ben Nicholson-Smith had some interesting points to make on Twitter, talking about Aledmys Diaz having some options.
Solarte this past season had a .255 average,18 home runs and 64 RBI’s. Olivares, playing the outfield had a .277 average, 17 home runs, 65 RBI’s and 18 stolen bases in 101 games in A-level Lansing.
While this offseason has been one of the slowest in recent memory, this trade at least will help the Jays this season, as they try and stay competitive in a talented AL East.
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