Who would have predicted that the Miami Marlins would have been one of the most active teams in the early stages of the 2019 offseason?
After picking up former Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar earlier in the day, the Marlins have acquired infielder Jonathan Villar, who put together one of the best under the radar seasons in all of baseball, from the Baltimore Orioles.
Villar put together the best offensive season of his career in Baltimore. Playing in all 162 games for Brandon Hyde's Orioles, Villar hit .274 and managed to swipe 40 bases, along the way setting career-highs in home runs (24) and RBIs (73). His speed and power combination at the top of the lineup is rivaled by a select few across all of baseball.
In exchange for the ascending Villar, Baltimore will acquire 23-year-old lefty Easton Lucas. Picked in the 14th round of the 2019 draft out of Pepperdine, Lucas had a 3.98 ERA with the New York-Penn League's Batavia Muckdogs.
Villar will go from arguably the worst team in the AL in Baltimore to a rebuilding NL East squad. Sorry, Jonathan.