The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired infielder Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres. The deal was first reported by Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
This deal is quite surprising and interesting because the Blue Jays have a lot of infield depth. All of their starting positions are filled and they have some supreme backups for around the diamond. This deal could be a precursor for a potential Josh Donaldson deal. At the moment, it appears that Solarte will be used as a utility player because he can play all four infield positions.
Solarte, 30, has two years of control left before he is set to hit free agency following the 2019 season. In his fourth season in the big leagues, Solarte hit .255 with 18 home runs and 64 RBIs. Solarte is very disciplined at the plate, as he struck out only 64 times in 466 at-bats.