• Kris Cartelle

Marlins acquire Jonathan Villar from Orioles

What a busy and intriguing day for the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have officially announced that they have acquired infielder Jonathan Villar from the Orioles for left handed minor league pitcher Easton Lucas.

Baltimore really surprised the baseball community when they placed Villar on outright waivers. Many were surprised that the rebuilding Orioles team would make such a move to let go of Villar, projected to make around $10 million in 2020 after a career year he provided in 2019.

Villar was just outstanding in every aspect last season. Villar was very durable and played in all 162 games last season switching between 2B and SS. Villar hit to a .274 average with 24 HR and 73 RBI’s. Villar also excelled on the base-paths, stealing 40 bases which was the third most in all of baseball. Villar has stolen more bases than that in a season. Villar has a career year in stollen bases back in 2016 with the Brewers swiping 62 bags. The speedy switch hitter really checks all of the boxes the Marlins are looking for. A potential lead off hitter, who can steal bases, has power, and can play everywhere in the infield. Although the Marlins have not commented where Villar will play necessarily, many feel he will play third base which moves Brian Anderson back to right field. 

The Marlins overall really had a nice day of roster changes changes and one Marlins fans should be proud of. As reported earlier, Miami also acquired Jesus Aguilar from the Tampa Bay Rays. Those players with both teammates once in Milwaukee. In order to make room for both new players on the 40-man roster infielder JT Riddle and right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero were designated for assignment. Riddle was not offered a contract, making him a free agent.

The Marlins should not be done making moves this off-season. In fact, I see the Marlins acquiring one more productive bat for the outfield as well as a few arms for the bullpen.

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