1:15pm: The Yankees also announced that Solano has elected free agency, as he was expected to do.
11:35am: The Yankees announced that they’ve outrighted infielder Donovan Solano off the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old Solano has enough big league service to elect free agency following his removal from the 40-man roster and figures to do so in the near future. Earlier this morning in MLBTR’s arbitration projections, we noted that Solano would’ve been arbitration eligible and in line for a modest bump from the league minimum salary (or thereabouts) to about $700K (he’s since been removed from the list, as he obviously won’t be going to arbitration now that he’s been outrighted).
Solano, a longtime infielder for the Marlins, appeared in just nine games with the Yankees and hit .227/.261/.455 with a homer and a pair of doubles in 23 plate appearances. Prior to the 2016 campaign, the entirety of his big league experience came in Miami, where he slashed .257/.307/.328 over the life of 1145 plate appearances across parts of four seasons. While the vast majority of Solano’s experience in the Majors has been as a second baseman, he’s also appeared at shortstop, third base and left field in the bigs and has amassed more than 1800 innings at each of those three infield slots in his minor league career.