Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that utilityman Yangervis Solarte is going to sign with a Japanese team. It’s not known which team he’s signing with, but he has the contractual right to opt-out of his minor league deal with the Marlins to sign in Asia, and Frisaro is hearing that that’s what he’s doing.
Solarte signed with the Marlins in early June after being designated for assignment by the Giants in May. That DFA came after he hit a mere .205/.247/.315 with six extra-base hits and seven RBI across 78 plate appearances for San Francisco. He was hitting .314/.345/.451 at New Orleans. He hit .226/.277/.378 for the Blue Jays last year and has not been an above-average MLB hitter since 2016.
So, yeah, sounds like a pretty good move for the guy.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.