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Blue Jays Acquire Utility Infielder Yangervis Solarte From The Padres

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The San Diego Padres have traded switch-hitting utility infielder Yangervis Solarte to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Edward Olivares and right-handed pitcher Jared Carkuff.

The Padres announced the deal on Saturday via their official Twitter account.

Solarte, 30, had been with the Padres since July of 2014. He was traded from the New York Yankees to the Padres in the deal that sent Chase Headley to the Bronx. In 2017, Solarte batted .255 with 18 home runs and 64 RBIs.

Throughout his career, Solarte has played every infield position and has also been utilized as a designated hitter. Last season, he mainly played second base for the Padres. Considering that the Blue Jays have Josh Donaldson at third base, Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop and Justin Smoak at first base, Solarte wil probably see a lot of his playing time at second base.

On Saturday, the Padres also re-signed relief pitcher Craig Stamen to a two-year contract. In 60 appearances during the 2017 season, Stamen was 2-3 with a 3.14 ERA.

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Royals Name Mike Matheny Manager

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Mike Matheny

The Kansas City Royals have officially named Mike Matheny as their new manager, via a team announcement.

“Our entire organization is delighted to announce and celebrate the hiring of Mike Matheny,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. “Every department has had the pleasure to work and interact with him this past season. Through this interaction, it became very clear to our leadership team that Mike is the obvious person to lead our baseball team. Mike Matheny is a passionate leader with strong virtues, intelligence, and a relentless commitment to help players reach their full potential.”

Matheny, 49, played 13 seasons in the majors and then had a solid run as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012 up until the midway point of the 2018 season.

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Orioles Outright Mason Williams

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The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted outfielder Mason Williams, according to the International League transactions page.

Williams slashed .308/.371/.477 over 494 plate appearances in Triple-A during the 2019 season, and he was added to the Orioles’ big league rosters late in the season.

Williams failed to make an impact over his 11-game stint in the big leagues.

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Blue Jays Outright Brock Stewart, Buddy Boshers

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Buddy Boshers

The Toronto Blue Jays made a pair of moves this week by outrighting relievers Brock Stewart and Buddy Rogers.

The Blue Jays will also outright reliever Ryan Dull as he has been designated for assignment.

Stewart, 28, had spent his entire career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to being picked up by Toronto on the waiver wire at the trade deadline.

Boshers, 31, posted a 4.05 ERA over 20 innings and 28 appearances.

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