Donovan Solano has been white-hot of late. The Cincinnati Reds infielder, who signed a one-year/$4.5M contract prior to the season, has been on a tear of late. Solano has been a key contributor in the Reds recent hot streak.
Seeing as how the Reds are rebuilding, it was very odd to see Solano as part of the Cincinnati roster after last week's trade deadline. With a reputation for destroying left-handed pitching and being nothing but a great teammate, it's odd that Solano wasn't traded to a contender.
Solano will be a free agent after the season, and with so many young infielder prospects rising up through the Reds farm system, it seems doubtful that Cincinnati would look to keep Solano in the organization.
So did the Cincinnati Reds even receive an offer for Solano's services? Sure, he was out of action for two months with a hamstring injury, but in his 100-plus at-bats since returning, you'd think opposing GMs would assume he's fully healthy. Which three teams are going to be upset that they missed out on a chance to acquire Donovan Solano at the trade deadline?
1. The Mets will regret not trading for Reds infielder Donovan Solano.
Let's start with the Cincinnati Reds opponent tonight, the New York Mets. If there was a contending team at the trade deadline that could have used Donovan Solano, it was the New York Mets. New York instead looked to the Reds for a left-handed bat and acquired Tyler Naquin.
The Mets also grabbed Daniel Vogelbach, but like Naquin, the former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman is a left-handed hitter. Given how poorly J.D. Davis has played this season, it was shocking to see the Mets not take a swing for Solano.
New York did trade for San Francisco Giants utility player Darin Ruf who has an OPS of .877 versus left-handed pitching. But Solano is much more versatile defender than Ruf and the commitment to the 2023 season is not attached. Ruf is signed through next season.
It's very surprising that the New York Mets didn't add an additional prospect to their trade with the Cincinnati Reds for Tyler Naquin and get both a left-handed and right-handed bat with one phone call.