Good morning, Camden Chatters.
Well, the inevitable has happened. Jonathan Villar is no longer an Oriole. Pour one out for the Birds’ most exciting player of 2019, a spark plug in the lineup who bashed 24 homers and stole 40 bases while serving as a veteran leader for a group of youngsters and inexperienced castoffs.
The only surprise is that Villar wasn’t non-tendered or jettisoned for no return, which was the expected outcome when news broke that the O’s had placed him on outright release waivers last Wednesday. Instead, the Birds got a warm body for him, trading Villar to the Marlins for minor league lefty Easton Lucas, the man with a first name for a last name and a last name for a first name. I don’t know how many times I’ll accidentally call him Lucas Easton in my 2020 minor league recaps, but it will be a lot.
Lucas doesn’t appear to be a particularly exciting prospect — he’s a 23-year-old who hasn’t pitched above Low-A ball, and wasn’t among the Marlins’ top 30 prospects — so in the end this trade may be nothing more than a salary dump. And that’s sad. Whether you agree or disagree with the Orioles’ decision to send Villar packing, it’s…