Solarte, 31, has taken at least four hundred plate appearances in all five of his full seasons in the majors, topping five hundred in four of those campaigns. The switch-hitter was an above-average hitter for his first three years in the bigs, though that status has slipped of late.
The drop-off began in 2017, when Solarte’s numbers dipped a bit with the Padres. He stumbled to a .226/.277/.378 batting line last year with the Blue Jays, leaving him to settle for a minors deal with a Giants organization that needed some stability and hoped for a bounce back.
Things didn’t go as planned in San Francisco. In his 78 trips to the plate, Solarte posted a meager .205/.247/.315 batting line with a single home run and just four walks to go with 16 strikeouts.