The Padres have signed infielder Yangervis Solarte to a two-year extension that includes club options for 2019 and 2020, according to a team announcement. According to FanRag’s Robert Murray, the deal will guarantee $7.5 million with the options coming in at $5.5 million for 2019 and $8 million for 2020.
Solarte was first-year arbitration-eligible this winter, so the deal will extend San Diego’s control over him by one season due to the club option for 2020.
Solarte, 29, is the second Padre to receive a long-term commitment on the day, joining first baseman Wil Myers, who is on the verge of a six-year extension. San Diego appears to be turning the corner in its rebuilding process by looking to lock up some of its young players after trading many veterans throughout the last year.
Solarte hit .286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI while seeing time at first, second and third base in 109 games for the Padres. He has been a consistent producer in parts of three seasons, and owns a career .271/.332/.419 line with 39 homers in four major-league seasons with the Yankees (2014) and Padres (2014-16).