During this offseason, trades and drafts have, of course, been a top priority. Especially for a team the like Toronto Blue Jays, who finished their last season 76-86, missing out on playoffs.
General manager Ross Atkins has already expressed that the team needs more versatile players. He is acting on this belief by trading for Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres. In exchange for the infielder, Atkins gave up outfielder Edward Olivares and right-hander Jared Carkuff.
“We’ve been talking about Solarte for a long time, internally,” Atkins said, according to SportsNet.ca. “We see him playing on a very regular basis, whether that be spelling second base, spelling at shortstop from time to time, at third. He can play first, he’s been in the outfield before.”
As far as the two players the Blue Jays lost, Olivares, 21, advanced to Class A Lansing in 2017, posting a .277/.330/.500 slash line with 17 homers. Carkuff, 24, went 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 63 innings. Though these two are valuable players, the trade was a necessity for the good of the team.
“There’s never an easy trade because there are always compromises and sacrifices,” Atkins said, according to MLB.com. “Edward is a solid player. I think it’s a testament to our outfield depth, and that helped the trade along, but I think it’s more a testament to the overall depth of our system and the recent work of our scouting and player development department. Edward was one of the pieces we were excited about, and we were able to make a long-term sacrifice [to help] the immediate future.”
Solarte will begin the upcoming season with a $4.125 million contract as utility infielder for the Blue Jays. He is the third infielder the team has acquired this offseason, leaving them with about $15-20 million left in payroll to spend. Spring training begins for the team on February 23 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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