Saturday, January 6, 2018
MLB news: Blue Jays acquire Solarte
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired INF Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres in exchange for OF Edward Olivares and RHP Jared Carkuff.
Solarte is mainly a 3B, but with Josh Donaldson there, X that one of the Solarte chart. His second position, second base, is occupied by the oft-injured Devon Travis, and maybe newly acquire SS Aledmys Diaz. His third position, SS, is occupied by Troy Tulowitzki, then Diaz. So, his role probably will be backup 2B/3B.
Solarte, 30, hit .255 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 512 Plate Appearances for the Padres this year. In his MLB career for the Padres and New York Yankees, Solarte has a batting average of .267, with 57 homers and 246 RBIs in 2061 Plate Appearances.
The Padres have a lot of infielders, and as rebuilders, getting two prospects is a win. Freddy Galvis, Carlos Asuaje, Cory Spangenberg and Chase Headley (who was formerly traded away by the Padres to the Yankees for Solarte) were chosen over Solarte to stay, so Solarte was traded.
Olivares, 21, has a .267 batting average, 22 homers, 110 RBIs and 47 stolen bases in his minor league career.
Carkuff, 24, has a 3.21 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 88 strikeouts and 15 saves in 89.2 career minor league innings.
I think the Jays win this trade. I don't see much upside in the prospects, but that's just by looking at the stats, and I could be wrong.