The Blue Jays declined to tender a contract to Solarte for the 2019 season. Solarte will hit the open market after spending the past year in Toronto. It became clear that the team wanted to go in another direction when his club option was also declined following the conclusion of the season. The infielder finished the year hitting just .226 with a .655 OPS and 54 RBI in 122 games.
The Blue Jays declined Solarte's 2019 club option Wednesday. Solarte doesn't have six full years of major-league service time yet, so he'll remain on Toronto's 40-man roster as an arbitration-eligible player. The Blue Jays will now have until Nov. 30 to either tender Solarte a contract, trade him, or cut him loose. The 31-year-old hit just .226/.277/.378 with 17 homers in 122 games in 2018.
Solarte is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Solarte will hit the bench for the second straight game and third time in the last four games as he is 5-for-35 in September. The Blue Jays continue to prioritize giving starts to their younger assets, with Aledmys Diaz at third base and Richard Urena at shortstop. Solarte has a .226/.277/.378 slash line and 17 home runs in a disappointing 2018 season.
Solarte is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. Solarte heads to the bench after going 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Friday's win over Tampa Bay. Aledmys Diaz will start at third base for the Blue Jays, with Richard Urena at shortstop and Jon Berti at second base.
Solarte is out of the lineup against Houston on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Solarte went 2-for-8 with one RBI during the first two games of this series. Joe Berti is set to make his major-league debut and will start at second base while Aledmys Diaz gets the start at third.