Padres give Solarte 2-year deal, agree with 3 others
SAN DIEGO (AP) Third baseman Yangervis Solarte agreed to a $7.5 million, two-year contract with San Diego that includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, one of four players to avoid arbitration with the Padres,
Solarte had a career season in 2016, hitting .286 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs. He gets a $250,000 signing bonus and salaries of $2.5 million this year and $4 million in 2018. The Padres have a $5.5 million option for 2019 with a $750,000 buyout, and if that is exercised the Padres have an $8 million option for 2020 with a $750,000 buyout.
San Diego also agreed to terms Friday with left-handed starter Christian Friedrich ($1.79 million) and relievers Brandon Maurer ($1.9 million) and Brad Hand ($1,375,000).
A lefty, Hand led the majors with a career-high 82 appearances. Maurer, a righty, set career highs in appearances (71), strikeouts (72) and saves (13).
Friedrich set career highs in nearly every pitching category in 2016, including starts (23), innings pitched (129.1) and strikeouts (100) while going 5-12 with a 4.80 ERA.
The team is closing in on a long-term deal with All-Star first baseman Wil Myers, who asked for $4 million in arbitration while the team offered $3.4 million.
General manager A.J. Preller said during a conference call that talks with Myers' representatives are going well and the team hopes to have the deal finalized next week.
Myers, the AL Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay in 2013, had a breakout season. He was finally healthy for a full year, playing 157 and batting .259 with 28 homers and 94 RBIs. He successfully made the move from the outfield to first base, and earned his first All-Star nod.