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.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.