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Solano, 28, struggled mightily with the bat last season, hitting .146 in 48 plate appearances with the big league club. Solano also struggled at the minor league level, putting up a .214/.245/.279 line in 148 plate appearances with Triple-A Syracuse. Since the Nationals signed him as an amateur free agent in 2005, Solano has appeared in just 36 major league games and has yet to produce at the level that the front office believes he is capable of. Despite playing above average defense at the position, Solano’s offensive woes can’t be ignored and he’ll need a very good Spring Training if he wants to make the Opening Day Roster.