Utilityman Yangervis Solarte has elected free agency after being outrighted by the Giants, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic was among those to tweet. He had been designated for assignment recently.
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.
Swings for the home run every pitch. Unless he changes his approach he can’t sustain his job.
Tell that to the NY lineup.
He also cant lay off pitches in the dirt.
Seems like a guy the Pirates could use with their injuries. Can’t be any worse than what they are using on the IF now
He brings positive energy to the park every day. And they say he is a good teammate. I hope he can catch on somewhere and find success off the bench.
I think things went south for Solarte after his wife passed away in September of 2016. He and his 3 kids were left without her…I think his mind has been elsewhere since(with good reasoning). I hope he gets another shot somewhere
Good point hoops
Eroding middle IF depth, unfortunate.
Ninth 3 Year Plan
Good guy but his approach is flat out bad. Some versatility but he’s really not great anywhere, not Alen Hanson bad mind you……passable at 2b
Good luck Y