Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Blue Jays acquire infielder Solarte from Padres for prospect Olivares

Blue Jays acquire infielder Solarte from Padres for prospect Olivares

It has been a relatively quiet offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Padres acquired minor league RHP Jared Carkuff and minor league OF Edward Olivares from the Blue Jays for 3B Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte has been described as a super-utility player.

Solarte spent most of last season at second base but can play all four infield positions.

The Venezuelan is no stranger to the AL East.

The second baseman debuted in the big leagues during the 2014 regular season as a member of the New York Yankees.

Ideally for the Blue Jays, both are healthy enough to open the season and perform to their career norms, giving them the type of playing-time problem every team wants.

Solarte has a career.267/.327/.419 slash line.

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The 30-year-old Solarte hit.255 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 128 games last season for the Padres. He is coming off a 2017 season where he played the majority of the season with Lansing. The centre-fielder hit 17 homers and had 72 RBIs over 120 games.

Olivares, 21, started a year ago at single-A Lansing before moving to Class-A Dunedin of the Florida State league.

Carkuff, 24, posted a 3.86 ERA in 63 innings of relief in Single-A.

"What we're looking for, and will continue to look for, are options and versatile options and guys that can do multiple things, and guys that can typically play in the middle of the diamond can do more than that", general manager Ross Atkins said on a conference call.

"We've been talking about Yangervis for a long time internally and I've had discussions, feedback, with San Diego for the previous year", said Atkins. "He's an interesting, versatile player who has a nice offensive track record and a great reputation in the clubhouse and one that we thought would complement us well". "By no means do we see him exclusively as a backup third baseman (for Josh Donaldson)". "He's played in the outfield before, so it's really about versatility. By no means do we see him exclusively as a backup third baseman".

The relative low cost for Solarte keeps alive the possibility of a pricier free agent add - they've inquired to some degree about Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb - although they could still make more trades, as well, believing their farm system still has plenty to offer in multiple ways. From Venezuela, he signed with Toronto as an global free agent in 2014. With this deal, the team has shored up their need for depth in the middle infield. Let us know your thoughts below. However, the Jays also need to secure a backup catcher for Russell Martin, as well as some pitching for both the starting rotation and the bullpen.

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