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When the Giants signed veteran Yangervis Solarte to a minor league deal this offseason, it was another sign of versatility that president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi covets on his roster. 

The thought, though, was Solarte could be slotted in all around the infield as a powerful backup and platoon player. On Monday, he reminded the Giants he can do even more than that. 

Solarte played six innings of left field in the Giants' 8-2 spring training loss to the Dodgers. He didn't have a chance to record any outs, but he did chase down two doubles and a triple. 

"He looked all right," manager Bruce Bochy said to reporters, via MLB.com. "In early work, he looked comfortable. He's all for it, and that's the big part of it."

The move to the outfield was his first work of action since 2014. In that season, Solarte played seven games in left field for the Padres and had one error. The ability to add depth to the outfield will help both himself and the team. 

Around the infield, the Giants are bringing back the same starters as last season -- Brandon Belt at first base, Joe Panik at second, Evan Longoria at third, and Brandon Crawford at shortstop. But the outfield remains a mystery. 

Steven Duggar is set to man center field, and could be the Giants' leadoff hitter. After that, the corners are up for grabs with young players trying to prove themselves and veteran Gerardo Parra. Solarte could certainly find plenty of playing time. 

 

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Last season, the 31-year-old switch-hitter hit 17 home runs, which would have led the Giants. He also played all four infield positions, and Bochy has taken account for the importance of his versatility. 

"Those guys are so important," Bochy said. "Guys that give you versatility. If they're going well, then you find different places to keep them out there and spots to play, obviously, to rest guys. That was a big signing for us."