What to do with Devon Travis — Toronto Blue Jays

What to do with Devon Travis — Toronto Blue Jays

Able to capably handle third base, second base, the corner outfield, and even shortstop in a pinch, the 30-year-old Venezuelan also has shown an ability to help out on the offensive side of the ball as well. On Saturday, the Blue Jays aquired Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres. By comparison, Solarte has been a fairly stable presence in the Padres lineup dating back to his big league debut in 2014.

Olivares, who is 21, last season hit.269, with 17 homers, 72 runs batted in, and stole 20 bases over 120 games in Class A with Dunedin and Lansing. Trust me when I say I understand Travis' inability to stay off the disabled list is a huge factor to consider when evaluating him. Devon Travis has a career 112 wRC+, so he's produced 12% more runs than the average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances.

Not that the Solarte deal was a dog of a trade. In the meantime, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking forward to 2018, hoping to put a disappointing season (76-86) behind them.

Solarte didn't get much playing time when he donned his Venezuela uniform at the 2017 World Baseball Classic but the Valencia native wore his colours proudly and enjoyed the experience.

While Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins answered questions on Saturday night about his trade for infielder Yangervis Solarte, the family dog barked in the background.

Moves like these aren't going to move the needle all that much, but acquisitions like the Solarte trade don't set the Blue Jays back in terms of prospect capital. He posted a.272 batting average as a left-handed batter with 46 home runs and a.766 OPS while batting.255 with 11 home runs and a.693 OPS as a right-handed batter.

"Me robaron el Balón de Oro para dárselo a Cristiano" — Ribéry acusa
Y por eso, no tuvo reparos en recordar su mejor temporada, cuando tenía todo para ganar el Balón de Oro en 2013. "Fue una injusticia ", afirmó el compañero de Arturo Vidal en Bayern Munich .

Carkuff, who is 24, finished last season with an overall record of 3-4 while posting eight saves and an ERA of 3.86 over 34 appearances in relief while playing for Vancouver, Dunedin and Lansing, all Class A teams, and Buffalo a Triple-A team in Toronto's farm system.

"When I was in the minors, [making it in the MLB] was my dream", Solarte told Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune in 2015. That simply isn't acceptable for any team that considers itself contenders, so the Jays decided to address their depth.

But the Padres have fielded a surplus of infielders this offseason, and last month they reacquired third baseman Chase Headley. Some fans have expressed their dismay at seeing replacements for fan favourites Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins, but should they actually be praising the front office?

"Everything was for her", Solarte told Sam Gardner of FOX Sports this past June. Their jobs weren't to be above-average, everyday regulars, but rather just solid bench players.

True to the Blue Jays' word, they did remedy the most glaring issue on the roster: middle infield depth.