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Padres trade Yangervis Solarte to the Blue Jays


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.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.