The Case For The Blue Jays To Acquire Yangervis Solarte
I’m pretty sure that the scope of the Toronto Blue Jays awful 2017 season has been beaten to death at this point. The underperforming pitching, declining defense, and abysmal offense has resulted in a rather mediocre 46-54 record, leaving the status of the Jays trade deadline strategy up in the air.
Although cases could be made for everything from total buyer mode to a Jeffery Loria esque fire sale, the club seems destined to make moves which will do more to improve the clubs chances of winning in 2018. This decision, motivated largely by the business interests, is not in the best interests of the club in the long run but would certainly require the club to return to contention in 2018 for it to be considered at all successful.
Many moves will need to be made if the club wishes to achieve this, including everything from starting pitching to corner outfield acquisitions to improved depth as a whole. This may seem like a large list of needs on the surface, however the acquisition of one player could do a surprising amount to fill these needs.
Of course you know I’m talking about Yangervis Solarte if you read the title, but exactly how much can he do to improve this club’s chances of winning in 2018. On the surface, a 29 year old with a career high of 2.8 fWAR in a season wouldn’t be able to offer more to the Jays than any other mediocre regular. Upon further inspection however, there is a rather surprising number of reasons to acquire Solarte, who manages to improve the Jays in ways which wouldn’t be expected from a quick glance at his batting average.