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Blue Jays: Big names that could get traded this offseason

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TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 8: President and CEO Mark Shapiro of the Toronto Blue Jays with his daughter Sierra and general manager Ross Atkins on the field before the start of MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on April 8, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 8: President and CEO Mark Shapiro of the Toronto Blue Jays with his daughter Sierra and general manager Ross Atkins on the field before the start of MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on April 8, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 2: Yangervis Solarte #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a two-run single by Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays off of starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 2, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 2: Yangervis Solarte #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a two-run single by Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays off of starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 2, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

Yangervis Solarte

The Venezuelan utility player is an interesting option. He had two very good months to start the season, but since mid-June, he has really dropped it. Utility players are always appealing to clubs and his bat has some power,17 home runs this season, two off his career high. His 87 OPS+ is below average, as well as his defense and baserunning, but he wasn’t supposed to be an everyday player for the Blue Jays.

Off the bench, Solarte is a good player to have on a contending team. He also brings some energy and grit to a team. His value isn’t very high right now, but if he ends the season well and brings his offensive numbers higher, he could very well be on the move this offseason.

If the numbers stay put, however, it’s better to wait for the next trade deadline and see where the club is at and where his value is at. Yangervis Solarte has a $5.5 million club option for 2019 which will most likely be exercised and another $8 million club option for 2020. Also, with Brandon Drury now in the Blue Jays, Solarte becomes even more tradeable.

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