Mariners, Reds Swing Trade For Versatile 4-Year Vet

After four seasons with the Texas Rangers moving all around the diamond, former second-round draft pick Nick Solak is heading to the Seattle Mariners organization, in a swap with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds get cash considerations in return. 

Solak came to Cincinnati in the offseason, but after a spring training of going 2-for-20, the Reds had designated him for assignment, and he'll now toil for the Mariners, starting with their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma. 

The 28-year-old was a highly-regarded prospect after being selected in the 2nd round by the New York Yankees in 2016. He made his debut with the Rangers in 2019 and had a nice rookie season with an .884 OPS in 33 games, but has never managed to pick up on that promise. 

He has a career .256 mark in 253 total games with Texas, with a .700 OPS, along with 21 homers and 19 stolen bases. Defensively, he's played six different positions around the diamond, most notably second base and outfield. 

For now, he'll serve as a depth piece for Seattle in the minors, a level where he's always fared very well with a .295 average and .852 OPS. 

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