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Yankees: Solarte won the competition but maybe not the roster spot

Yangervis Solarte

Yangervis Solarte batting for the Texas Rangers.

If MVPs were awarded for Spring Training, the New York Yankees would be handing a plaque to 26-year old Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte is a non-roster invitee competing with Eduardo Nunez and Dean Anna for what was originally just one remaining backup infield spot on the 25-man roster.

But with Brendan Ryan’s pinched-nerve, he will likely start the season on the 15-day DL, which opens another infield bench spot on the Yankees’ Opening Day.

Skipper Joe Girardi said that to compensate for Ryan, he would take two, not one from the trio when the regular season starts next Tuesday in Houston.

Now in a true, impartial competition based purely on establishing superiority over others, Solarte unquestionably warrants one of the two possible bench spots.

In 33 at-bats, the switch-hitting Solarte is posting a batting line of.457/.513/.629 with two homers, eight RBIs, four walks and 22 total bases.

The problem for Solarte is he is not on the Yankees current 40-man roster. So unless Ryan goes on the 6-day DL, adding Solarte will cost team another player and that could spell designated for assignment for Anna.

Since DFA-ing Anna is highly unlikely and with Nunez being Girardi’s new Sergio Mitre, Solarte looks destined to start the year in Triple-A.

Seems like the odds were stacked against Solarte from the get-go, which doesn’t make for a fair competition.

I understand where the Yankees are coming from about not wanting to lose depth, but I would also like to see if Solarte’s hot bat would transfer at the Major League level.

In reality Nunez has been given ample opportunity to prove himself, and he hasn’t. Nunez continued his streak of butchering throws and making errors this Spring Training, so wouldn’t mind giving Solarte a shot instead.

And Anna couldn’t crack the Padres roster.

Regardless, you can bet if Solarte continues to play well with Scranton, he will get the nod to come north at some point this season.

But for now, right or wrong, I think it is sayonara for Solante.



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  1. FrancesA says:

    Lets not forget Solarte NEVER cracked any MLB roster either with Twins and Rangers not exactly baseball dynasty's. It appears you are implying because Anna was passed over by Padres system he is not worthy. Solarte in pro ball since 2006 Anna 2008, both grinded it out in the minors but the Yankees traded for Anna. Not taking anything away from Solarte but historically based on entire minors stats Anna is the better choice.

  2. Steve Karsay says:

    If the Yankees believe in Solarte they will have to add him to the 40 man and remove somebody else. This alone is enough to put me in favor of breaking camp with Anna. Neither has MILB numbers that suggest anything spectacular but Anna has shown the ability to draw walks and put up a nice OBP.

    So I'm sold on Anna, but I would love it if something really did "click" for Solarte. Best of luck this season kid.

  3. Gerry M says:

    Why note trade Solarte to the Mets? I've seen Solarte play in the minors (with Double-A New Britain) and he's better than what the Mets currently have at shortstop.

  4. Walt says:

    They should dump Nunez and keep Solarte and Anna. I'm not sure why you think Girardi wants to keep Nunez.

  5. Richard says:

    Sayonara Nunez.

  6. Jared S. says:

    Anna, though, is the one out the three — Anna, Solarte and Nunez — that probably can help them the most of the season.