"“I want to stay with San Diego for a long time,” Solarte said “I want to play hard here.”"
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Solarte, 27, before this season has been a career minor leaguer since signing with the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted free agent in 2005. Yangervis Solarte spent six seasons in the Twins organization and two seasons with the Texas Rangers in Triple-A, before signing with the New York Yankees last off-season. After the Yankees failed to re-sign Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season, the opportunity opened up for Yangervis Solarte to make it to the big leagues.
Yangervis Solarte had an excellent spring for the Yankees and won the starting 3rd baseman job. Solarte had an excellent start to the season, batting .299 with six homers and 26 RBIs over the first two months of the season. Fortunately for the Padres Solarte in June had a rough month at the plate, which made him available for the Padres to acquire along with minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula in a trade that sent Chase Headley to the Yankees.
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Solarte in his brief time with the Padres has impressed the team and its fans. Solarte since joining the Padres is batting .276 with two home runs and nine RBIs. Yangervis Solarte is a solid player and has brought an aurora of confidence and swagger to the Padres. While the Padres do have prospects Cory Spangenberg and Taylor Lindsey who project to start at second base, if Solarte continues to produce then the Padres may have to consider him as a full-time starter at either second or third base.