Mariners add depth acquiring IF/OF Nick Solak from Reds

Cincinnati Reds' Will Benson (30), Nick Solak (16) and Matt McLain (78) warm up prior to a spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, March 6, 2023, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners acquired infielder/outfielder Nick Solak from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday for cash.

Solak was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday. Seattle had an open spot on its 40-man roster and assigned Solak to Triple-A Tacoma.

Before this season, the 28-year-old Solak spent his entire big league career with Texas. He appeared in 253 games over parts of the past four seasons with the Rangers. Solak’s most productive season came in 2021 when he appeared in 127 games and hit .242 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs. Solak spent almost all of that season at second base but also played left field, center field and third base in his time with the Rangers.

Solak was a second-round pick by the New York Yankees in the 2016 amateur draft. His acquisition is likely a depth move for Seattle to stash a player with experience in the majors at Triple-A in case injuries arise.

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