With the trade deadline quickly approaching, the latest trade to occupy the headlines was between the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. San Diego moved 3B Chase Headley and his expiring contract to the East Coast to acquire pitching prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte. While everyone is taking about the sudden impact that Headley made with his new team, the hidden fantasy baseball gem in the deal was Solrate.
In his debut with San Diego, Solarte looked sharp. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, and two runs scored. He hit in the two-hole and quickly proved that he is capable of being the top-of-the-order stick in a struggling offense.
The 27-year-old played primary at third for the Pinstripes, but the veteran can also play short and second. Solarte’s arrival comes at the perfect time, because the Padres desperately need some help in the infield right now.
The team obviously shipped Headley out in the trade this past week, but the team also has 2B Jedd Gyorko still recovering from Plantar Fasciitis and SS Everth Cabrera attempting to come back from a nagging hamstring injury. Both injuries tend to linger for weeks and will require San Diego to have plenty of healthy infielders on their everyday roster. Solarte’s fantasy value soars with the change of cities and he suddenly has a stranglehold on a daily job.
Solarte is worth adding off the wavier in any league with 10-plus owners. He will serve as a very valuable bench infielder and seems primed to get plenty of playing time over the second half of the 2014 season.