The Blue Jays continued to build their infield depth by trading for Yangervis Solarte.
Today the Jays acquired Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres for prospects Edward Olivares and Jared Carkuff.
Solarte is under contract for 2018 and has team options in 2019 and 2020. He is making $4.1 million this year, with ciub options for $5.5 million in 2019 and $8 million for 2020. Solarte played 128 games for the Friars last year, hitting .255/.314/.416. He played 79 contests at second base, 28 at shortstop, 22 at third base and 8 at first base. With Donaldson firmly entrenched at third base (for now) and Smoak at first, it looks like the Jays will primarily ask Solarte to serve as middle infield depth. However, along with Diaz, he provides the Jays with better options in the event Travis or Tulo have to miss significant time due to injury.
Olivares was the 11th ranked prospect by Batterís Box in this seasonís Top 30 list. He is a toolsy outfielder. Carkuff was a 35th round pick from 2016 and profiles an organizational arm.