The Padres traded for Yangervis Solarte two years ago and he has been a great addition to their team at 3B, one of their best overall hitters and playing all over. It’s time to trade him.
The Padres are clearly not going anywhere this year, and while Solarte provides versatility and solid hitting, they should be able to get value from other teams like the Mets and Royals who have both suffered injuries at the hot corner this year.
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First you have the defending NL Champion Mets, who once again have seen their captain David Wright go down to injury, with many questioning if he will make it back at all this year if ever. Clearly he wouldn’t be the same player he has been for a decade and would benefit from perhaps moving leagues where he could DH in the American League.
Next you have defending AL and World Champion Kansas City Royals, who lost Mike Moustakas for the season after he was off to a terrific start for them and had a great year last season. Currently Cheslor Cuthbert is filling in but Solarte would provide extra insurance as a switch hitter.
Beyond the Mets and Royals, the Dodgers are making do with Justin Turner who until recently was not having a good season.
The trouble with Solarte is that he isn’t good enough that you would build your team around him or make a dramatic impact at the trade deadline (maybe Andrew Cashner would…) like teams like to, which may end up simply keeping him in San Diego until the Padres find someone better. I think he’s done a great job with the team but if the Padres could take advantage of his versatility, age, and production, they might be able to net future third baseman and pitchers for the Friars down the road.