- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/2/1991 (28)
Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said that newly acquired infielder Jonathan Villar will see time at third base and in the outfield next year. He'll be a fallback option at shortstop and second base. Using Villar at third base and in the outfield will allow the Marlins to give youngster Isan Diaz a chance to prove that his struggles late in the year were just a learning experience in his first taste of big league pitching. Miami wisely swooped on the speedy Villar with the Orioles looking to save money. The 28-year-old switch-hitter was universally relevant in fantasy leagues on the lowly O's last year, hitting .274/.339/.453 with 24 home runs, 73 RBI, 111 runs and 40 stolen bases. Even on another bad team in the Marlins, Villar will have plenty of appeal for his power/speed combination. Adding positional versatility to his profile will sweeten the deal.
The Miami Marlins acquired second baseman Jonathan Villar from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday in exchange for minor league left-hander Easton Lucas. Villar hit .274 with a .792 OPS, 24 home runs, 73 RBI and 40 stolen bases last year for the lowly Orioles. He'll join a similarly bad team in Miami and won't have the hitter-friendly ballpark in Camden Yards anymore, but Villar will still be plenty valuable in fantasy hitting atop the Marlins lineup. Hanser Alberto, Richie Martin, Steve Wilkerson and Pat Valaika will be options to replace Villar in Baltimore. Lucas was a 14th-round pick of the Mariners in 2019 and pitched for the Gulf Coast Marlins and Low-A Batavia this year. He could become a back-end starter down the road if he develops.
The Baltimore Orioles have put second baseman Jonathan Villar on waivers. They've been trying to trade him before Monday's non-tender deadline. The middle infield speedster is due a big raise in salary arbitration after slugging 24 home runs and stealing 40 bases in 2019 for the last-place Orioles. Even on a really bad O's team in 2019, Villar remained highly relevant in fantasy for his mix of power and speed. That should be the case again next season, depending on where he lands, but the good news is that he won't be in Baltimore anymore.