The Padres announced a two-year deal with infielder Yangervis Solarte on Friday night, with club options through 2020. Solarte was entering his first year of arbitration with San Diego and will be covered through his final season of arbitration and first year of free agency should the Padres choose to exercise his options.
The 29-year-old entered his most productive season with the Padres in 2016, slashing a career-best .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI despite missing nearly six weeks with a right hamstring strain. In September, Solarte lost his wife, Yuliette Pimentel Solarte, to cancer. He was honored with the Tony Conigliaro Award last month for exhibiting determination, courage and strength of spirit in the face of adversity.
Salary specifications for the deal have not yet been disclosed by the team.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.