After four relatively unremarkable seasons in Miami, Donovan Solano joined the Yankees' organization on a minor league deal over the offseason. The 28-year-old spent almost the entire season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and hit fairly well, posting a .319 average with 67 RBI before joining the big league team in September. He wasn't overly impressive in that nine-game stint and ultimately elected free agency at the end of the season after being outrighted off the roster. The utility infielder will be 29 years old by the start of the 2017 season, and after performing decently in a somewhat regular role to start his career, Solano hasn't shown much at the plate in the majors over the past two seasons. The clock is likely running out on his chances to win back a major league job, leaving him in an organizational depth once again following a return to the Yankees in January.
Solano agreed to a minor league deal with the Yankees on Tuesday. Solano elected free agency following the 2016 season, but is now set to return to the Yankees organization for the upcoming campaign after signing a contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old spent most of 2016 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he slashed .319/.349/.436. Although he did make his way up to the majors, Solano's numbers at the plate didn't translate as he went just 5-for-22 (.227) over nine games.
Solano declined his assignment and elected free agency Monday. Solano had been outrighted off the major league roster to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day, but he'll elect to try his luck on the open market rather than head back to the minors. The 28-year-old hit .227 in nine major league games this year and just .189 in 2015, so he may end up back in the minors wherever he lands.
Solano was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday. Solano spent the majority of the season in the minors, but did get a September call up and saw somewhat regular at bats down the stretch with injuries to players ahead of him on the depth chart. The 28-year-old has been up and down between the majors and minors over the past two years and has mostly been used as a utility infield option, so he figures to reprise a similar role heading into 2017.
Solano went 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs, and two RBI in the Yankees' 14-4 win over the Rays. It was Solano's third game and his first home run of the year, as he joined Gary Sanchez and the rest of a Yankees lineup that put up 17 hits on the Rays. Solano spent parts of four seasons with the Marlins before heading to New York, and never hit more than three home runs despite garnering 300+ at-bats twice.
Solano went 0-for-4 in his first game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. Solano was dealing with a lower-back injury in the spring, but now that the regular season is underway it appears as though it's behind him. He'll serve as organizational depth in the infield, likely spending the majority of the season in the minors.