The Marlins have inked free agent infielder/outfielder Yangervis Solarte to a minor-league deal, Craig Mish of FNTSY Radio reports. Per Mish, Solarte is expected to make an appearance in extended spring training and will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans at a later date. The club has yet to officially announce the deal.
Solarte, 31, was designated for assignment by the Giants last month. Over his first month of major-league play, he barely skirted the Mendoza Line, batting .205/.247/.315 with six extra-base hits and seven RBI across 78 plate appearances.
While he’s slated to be little more than minor league depth right now, Solarte’s positional versatility could be a boon for the Marlins later this season. He was primarily used at second base and left field during his time with the Giants, but took a few reps at short and has experience at both infield corners as well. Offensively, the Marlins have to hope he’ll return to the career-high totals he posted with the Padres in 2016; since then, he’s spiraled to career-worst numbers, including a disheartening .226/.277/.378 batting line and -1.3 fWAR with the Blue Jays in 2018.
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.
Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.