Solarte is the only infielder that might force the Giants to change their 25 man outlook. Like Rivera, he was brought in by the Giants best recruiter, Sandoval.
Solarte, who also has major league experience with the Padres, is a nice addition to the bench and the Giants infield. He can play multiple positions, including shortstop, where the Giants 25 man has been thin in recent years behind Brandon Crawford.
If he makes the team, it might mean saying goodbye to Alen Hanson. Hanson, who is out of options and must make the team out of camp, is the team’s other infield option on the bubble.
The team could decide to keep both Hanson and Solarte and save one less outfielder or pitcher, but that remains to be seen. In most recent years, the team has kept two infielders and two outfielders along with a backup catcher on their bench. For that reason, both Solarte and Hanson are looked at as possible options in left field to give themselves a better chance at being kept.
Solarte has the second most at bats this spring and is hitting a respectable slashline of .276/.300/.478 for an OPS of .778.