Welcome back to Earth, Yangervis Solarte.
Since playing his first game with the Padres on July 23, Solarte is 8-for-28 (.286) with two homers and six RBI. In fact, he's had at least one RBI in six of his first seven games.
Solarte cranked out one of his two homers with San Diego on Tuesday night:
Solarte is starting to look like the guy who led the American League in average at the beginning of the year. His stroke looks to be confident again and his ability as a line-drive hitter is showing the same signs of promise it did before he was sent down to the minors.
Before Yankees fans start flipping their lid about dealing Solarte, just remember that the man they acquired in exchange for Solarte, Chase Headley, has a hit in every game he's played for the Bronx Bombers thus far, with one homer and four RBI. He also notched a walk-off single in his very first game just hours after getting off the plane and shaving.
Both players have paid dividends early on, but we won't truly know who gets the better of the deal until much further down the road.
Solarte has the potential to be a guy who contributes long term to the Padres, or he could go on another downward spiral like the one that got him traded out of the Bronx in the first place. Headley, who is set to become a free agent next year, could be auditioning for a job with the Yankees in 2015 or with another team entirely.
Regardless, the Headley-Solarte trade is something that has been beneficial for both sides.
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