Yes, he became a minor league free agent and the Twins weren't willing to add him to the 40 man roster. I know they wanted to bring him back on a minor league deal but he chose Texas.
That big year with New Britain was interesting but it was really the first year he put up any numbers and stayed healthy.
Also, he doesn't walk, doesn't have much power, doesn't have much speed and was really bad defensively too.
I think UT's great that he had a big spring and made the Yankees opening day roster. That said, the Twins were kind of proven right in their decision.
I hated that move when it happened.
I remember that you also were a bit surprised when he left,
For a team that has struggled with middle infield development, it’s hard to believe that Solarte would not have been added to the 40 man roster before becoming a free agent.
And after his last year (2011) with the Twins you had him as the 6th best hitter
, in the system just behind Sano and well ahead of Parmelee and Arcia among others.
Forget about his teen seasons in Foreign Rookie leagues and in the GCL, but a career .315/.349/.452 line over 152 games in AA is pretty darn good for a middle infielder. Heck, it is better than most of the Twins' MiLB OFs have had.
Hard move to justify, especially in a team that the last 3 seasons had the likes of Clete Thomas, Doug Bernier, Matt Carson, Erik Komatsu, Sean Burroughs, Matt Tolbert, Jason Repko, Brian Dinkelman & Co on the 40- and 25-man rosters some time. And I am not even going to touch their pitchers.
Glad to see that he made the Yankees (Neshek made the Cardinals and Manship made the Phillies rotation btw; the latter saying more about the sorry state of the Phillies and not about Manship)
And in 2014, he might look better in a Twins' uniform as a super utility guy instead on the ghost of Bartlett's past...