Brian Cashman: Yangervis Solarte really saved our bacon early this year
That's life in baseball. Yangervis Solarte was riding high in April. And May. And shot down by mid-June. Tuesday, the Yankees sent the 27-year-old early-spring revelation to the San Diego Padres in the Chase Headley trade.
"Some people find themselves later in their career," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "And I think that's yet to be determined with Yangervis Solarte.
"When we signed him [as a minor-league free agent in January] our assessment was that he would be a really quality support player that we could turn to and compete for an infield position and provide some depth.
"And he emerged into something much more than that, something that our scouting reports really didn't project. He was a great story, he was a great individual, and he really saved our bacon early this year when we had a lot of other issues going on."
A middling .288 hitter in nine minor-league seasons in the Minnesota and Texas organizations, Solarte was a .300 hitter for two months with the Yankees. He had 23 hits in April, 24 in May, eight in the first eight days of June. But since then, he squeezed out only four hits in his last 18 games and slipped to .254.
"He's a kid who really burst on the scene the first two months and was really a big part of our success those first two months," manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll miss his personality and what he did for us here."