San Francisco Giants reportedly add versatile Yangervis Solarte

With rumors that Bryce Harper will make his decision within the next 24 hours, the San Francisco Giants have been working on shoring up organizational depth as spring training opens.

On Friday, the Giants reportedly reached a deal with versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte, a day after signing left fielder Gerardo Parra and two days after trading cash for right-hander Trevor Gott of the Washington Nationals and three days after claiming right-hander Jose Lopez off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports first reported the deal for Solarte.

Adding Solarte — one of 100 free agents still left on the market as camps opened — is a coup for San Francisco, which saw all of its four starting infielders go down with injury at various points last season. Solarte spent three and a half seasons in the National League West with the San Diego Padres, and can play all four infield positions.

San Francisco’s starting four infielders last season — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik and Evan Longoria — along with Pablo Sandoval and backup swing man Alen Hanson spent a total of 213 days on the disabled list last season. Sandoval — who played a few innings at second base, but mainly split time between first and third — was lost for the final two months of the season due to a hamstring tear.

Solarte, 31, has spent five seasons in the big leagues, mainly with the Padres, where he hit .255 with 18 home runs in 128 games in 2017. He played 109 games in 2016 and 152 in 2015. During those two seasons with San Diego, he hit .277 with 29 home runs in 1,014 plate appearances, driving in 134 runs.

Last season for the Toronto Blue Jays, Solarte played in 122 games, hitting .226 with 17 home runs and 54 RBIs. He played four games at first, seven at short, seven as designated hitter, 28 at second base and 83 at third. He spent the bulk of 2017 (79 games) at second for the Padres, playing in 28 more at short and 22 at third. In 2016, he played 95 games at third, and in 2015, played 92 at third, but that’s not where he’s done his best work.

In 168 games at second base in his career, Solarte has a .985 fielding percentage. In 42 games at first, he has a .986 fielding percentage. He’s spent 14 games in the outfield, but has a total of -4 defensive runs saved in the outfield.

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