The Athletic’s Robert Murray and Dennis Lin report that the Padres have signed reliever Sammy Solis to a minor league contract.
Solis, 30, spent the last four seasons in the majors with the Nationals. He owns a career 4.51 ERA with 136 strikeouts and 56 walks across 127 2/3 innings. Solis actually has a reverse platoon split, which means he has fared better against opposite-handed batters. He has allowed a .701 OPS to right-handed hitters as opposed to a .759 OPS to lefties.
As Lin points out, the left-handed Solis adds depth to the Padres’ bullpen now that José Castillo will miss at least two months with a left flexor strain.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.