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.