Yangervis Solarte is a pretty darn good professional baseball player. But didn’t win over a legion of fans in San Diego for his production; did that because he’s the guy we all wanted to watch play.
He treated each night like he was a 30-year-old playing a kid’s game, which is exactly what he is. Yangervis plays with the passion and enthusiasm that reminds us that sure, these guys get paid exorbitant amounts of money to be professional athletes, but not all of them treat it like a business.
Plus as the Padres have added more and more players from Latin America the Venezuelan-born Solarte was a resource for the young Spanish speakers, a guy to look to and learn how to be handle life in the Big Leagues.
For those reasons (and more) Solarte is going to be sorely missed. On Saturday the Padres traded their switch-hitting clubhouse leader to the Blue Jays for a pair of minor leaguers. In 2017 Solarte, who is usually used at 2nd and 3rd base, started at all four infield positions, hitting 18 home runs with a .730 OPS.
The move does not mean for sure that the recently re-acquired Chase Headley will be the Padres starting 3rd baseman in 2018. The Friars are still open to dealing him before the season starts.
Coming to San Diego are 21-year-old outfielder Edward Olivares and 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Jared Carkuff. Olivares played at two levels of Single-A last year, hitting .269 with 17 home runs and 93 runs scored. Carkuff was a bit of a surprise in the Blue Jays system. A 35th-round draft pick in 2016 out of Austin Peay, Carkuff started the year in short-season A-ball in Vancouver and advanced all the way to Triple-A Buffalo, finishing with a 3.86 ERA in 34 relief appearances.