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.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.