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Impressive Solarte seeking a niche with Padres

Impressive Solarte seeking a niche with Padres

PHOENIX -- The Padres like what they have seen from Yangervis Solarte, a versatile position player who was acquired last month from the Yankees in the Chase Headley deal.

And while it's too soon to know where he pegs as part of their future -- in terms of position or full-time standing -- manager Bud Black has been impressed.

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"He's done a nice job for us," Black said. "How he's played for us shows he's capable of holding down a Major League job."

Going into Sunday's series final against the D-backs at Chase Field, Solarte had a .271 average with three home runs and 15 RBIs in his first 27 games following the July 22 trade.

Solarte had two-run single, on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning, that tied Saturday's game against the D-backs. The Padres went on to lose, 5-2.

Better still, Black said, is that Solarte has provided value with his versatility.

"It's too early on the everyday situation," Black said. "... His value right now is his ability to move around the diamond."

Solarte, who started at second base on Sunday, has also started games at shortstop, third base and left field. His best position, Black said, is probably third base.

For the Yankees, Solarte hit .303 in April and .296 in May but slumped in June, hitting .164. He was then dealt to the Padres with Minor League pitcher Rafael De Paula, a deal orchestrated by former Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch.

In terms of where Solarte fits in the future, that won't be known until next season's roster takes shape.

"We don't know what will happen in the offseason, as far as personnel," Black said. "These things will play out and players will let us know based on performance."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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