Yangervis Solarte posted his lowest batting average at the major-league level in 2017, losing more than 30 points off his mark from 2016. He added back to his contact rate, posting the 10th-lowest strikeout rate among qualified hitters (11.9 percent), but the quality of that contact wasn't great. The switch-hitter turned in a modest 31.1 percent hard-hit rate and 3.1 barrels per plate appearance, with his xBA coming in 10 points lower than his actual mark. While Solarte hit more homers than ever, it was a modest number in context with the rest of the league. Solarte will turn 31 in the summer and he's never walked much (7.5 percent career BB%), so while he is eligible at three positions, there's not enough in his offensive profile to justify aggressively targeting him. Toronto traded for him this winter in an effort to add depth around the oft-injured Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis. Barring a Josh Donaldson trade, this should lead to fewer at-bats for Solarte in 2018.
Solarte was traded to the Blue Jays on Saturday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports. According to Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres will receive Edward Olivares and Jared Carkuff in return. The switch-hitter is coming off a bit of an underwhelming 2017 campaign, as he hit just .255/.314/.416, a sizable drop-off from his .286/.341/.467 slash line in 2016. Solarte did play all four infield positions for the Padres last season, so he should offer solid depth around the infield for Toronto, which is especially desirable given the injury history of the team's middle infielders, Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis. This hurts Solarte from a fantasy standpoint, however, as the 30-year-old should see fewer at-bats next season barring an injury to the infield or a Josh Donaldson trade.
Solarte went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to Colorado. The utility infielder has bounced around the diamond over his last eight starts, batting .313 with two homers and five RBI over that span. While Solarte is currently swinging a hot bat, the Padres are scheduled to face three lefties over their next four contests, and the switch-hitter has struggled against southpaws to the tune of .208 batting average this season. With every at-bat having increased significance this late in the year, fantasy owners may want to have a backup plan ready after Monday's tilt against the Dodgers.
Solarte went 2-for-5 with a double and his 17th home run of the season in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Rockies. Solarte returned to the lineup with a bang after receiving a day off Saturday. He has been logging starts at third base this past week while the Padres shuffle their lineup to replace the injured Jose Pirela (finger). The utility infielder may be eligible at several positions, but his .252/.317/.418 slash line and modest power play best at either second base or shortstop.
Solarte is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies. Erick Aybar will get the start at shortstop against lefty Tyler Anderson. Solarte has a sub-.650 OPS overall since his return from an oblique injury in late July, and he's batting just .198/.269/.245 against left-handed pitching for the season.
Solarte went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 3-1 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday. Solarte set a new career high in homers with his 16th blast in 107 games. The 30-year-old's .255 batting average hinders his fantasy value, but he has provided enough pop to stay relevant as a middle infielder in most formats.
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