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MLB rumors: Padres expected to trade Yangervis Solarte before deadline

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The infielder is one of the few Padres with value, making him an easy trade chip in July.

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The Padres are expected to trade infielder Yangervis Solarte before the trade deadline in July, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. San Diego is looking to continue its sale of veterans and is expected to aggressively shop players like Solarte and lefty Brad Hand.

Solarte, who turns 30 in July, has hit just .240/.328/.343 with three homers in 50 games for San Diego this season while seeing time at both first and second. He hit .286/.341/.467 with 15 homers last year while appearing mainly at third base, so he could provide help at the hot corner for a team with a need at the position.

Solarte signed a two-year, $7.5 million extension with the Padres in January and is under control on two options for 2019 and 2020, so any acquiring team would get him for three and a half seasons. San Diego’s only other long-term commitment is to Wil Myers, who received a 6-year, $83 million extension in January and is not available in trade talks.