Mar 5, 2014; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Yangervis Solarte (89) singles during the fourth inning Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Final Roster Update: Solarte Makes Club, Nunez to Triple-A

The Yankees roster is set. Yangervis Solarte has made the 25-man roster and Eduardo Nunez has been optioned to Triple-A. Solarte batted .429 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI as a non-roster invite in Spring Training. Nunez batted .265 with one home run and 4 RBI while committing many of his famous errors this spring. The 26-year-old Solarte will join Dean Anna as the team’s two backup infielders in 2014.

He’s a career minor leaguer who signed a minor league deal with the Yankees this off-season and opened a lot of eyes in spring training. Nunez’s error-prone defense seems to have finally cause the Yankees to sour on him and his offensive prowess has never lived up to it’s billing. Solarte may receive a good amount of playing time with Derek Jeter needing some days off from time to time and Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson question marks in the infield.

The Venezuelan native has spent time at second base and shortstop as well as third base and the outfield. Nunez was came into Spring being viewed as a lock to be the backup infielder but after Brendan Ryan‘s injury the Yankees were without a defensive minded infielder and may have seen Nunez’s faults as too much of a liability to join the team at the start of the regular season. Solarte is not on the 40-man Roster and the Yankees have until Tuesday to make room for him.

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  • Scott Lucas

    Well deserved, good riddance Nunez

    • artie999

      You’re absolutely right. Solarte hit a ton with power. But part of the reason he and Anna made the team is the lack of depth, fragility, and quality in the IF. And of course the potentially long lasting/severe injury to all world SS/IF Ryan. They desperately needed an all world glove at SS and rest of IF. Even if Nunez hit 360 he wouldn’t have made the

      team because of his terrible defense. Let’s hope he plays every day at SS in AAA and hits and fields as well as he did not so long ago. Remember Nunez hit well over 300 with good power the last time he was playing every day down there AND fielding his pos. more than adequately. Remember also a couple of years ago when Jeter missed a month and Nunez fielded just fine, hit .390 and stole 10 bases ib 11tries. Let’s hope he gets it back together in AAA. It’s in our interests as it can only help the team. :-)

  • Dave Guarnieri

    If Solarte didn’t have an opt-out clause, he would have been the one to be demoted. The best scenario for Solarte right now is to send him down, see which infield position is the best fit, and play him at that position everyday. Anna is a true utility guy, a back-up who is a B+ infielder. Solarte, to the contrary is not a guy who can step in and give you good D, he is a guy who has been moved around the infield and even left field because he doesn’t play any position particularly well. Solarte is not going to learn or improve his defense riding the pines in New York. Now that he has initially made the club he can’t opt-out of his contract and he has one option left. When Ryan is ready, Solarte will be sent down. Also keep in mind he speaks NO English. The Yankees want him to work with Luis Soho who is a coach at Scranton and make the kid into an everyday 2nd baseman. In the long run, that is what is best for the future (which could be as soon as the 2nd half of this year). If Ryan, is still a ways off 3 weeks from now, Solarte will still be sent down and Nunez will be recalled. Don’t be afraid. Nunez will get little playing time, but Solarte will be mentored by his own personal coach (Soho) in Scranton. The results, the Yankees hope, is that instead of having a nickle and dime “utility man”, who is a shaky fielder, they will have their next long term second baseman in Solarte.