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Padres trade Yangervis Solarte to the Blue Jays

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The Blue Jays have acquired veteran infielder Yangervis Solarte from the Padres, the Padres announced Saturday. San Diego will receive minor league outfielder Edward Olivares and right-handed reliever Jared Carkuff in the trade.

Solarte, 30, completed his fourth campaign with the Padres in 2017. He slashed .255/.314/.416 with a career-best 18 home runs in 512 plate appearances, but saw a significant dip in his production value after missing nearly six weeks with a left oblique strain. Per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, Solarte stands to make $4.125 million in 2018, with a $5.5 million club option in 2019 and $8 million option in 2020.

Olivares, 21, was signed by the Blue Jays as an international free agent in 2014. He ranked no. 18 in Toronto’s farm system, according to MLB Pipeline, and split his 2017 season between the club’s Single-A and High-A affiliates. He finished the year batting a combined .269/.327/.468 with 17 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 541 PA.

Carkuff did not rank among the team’s top-30 prospects entering the 2018 season. The 24-year-old righty saw time with the Blue Jays’ Low-A, Single-A and High-A affiliates in 2017, and ended his run with one appearance in Triple-A Buffalo as well. He averaged a 3.86 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 63 innings across all four levels.

It’s still unclear just what the Blue Jays have planned for Solarte, especially with Josh Donaldson firmly established at the hot corner for 2018. At the very least, he should provide some much-needed middle infield depth for the club, joining fellow newcomer Aledmys Diaz as another stable option around the horn.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.