The Chicago Cubs aren’t done. Jed Hoyer told fans that via the press just days ago. However, not every move is going to be a big name like Marcus Stroman or Seiya Suzuki. In fact, the Cubs made a sneaky move on Thursday morning, agreeing on a contract with infielder Jonathan Villar, pending a physical.
The details of the contract have yet to be reported, and this piece will be updated later once those are known. However, one certainty about this move is that Villar can still provide value, even at 30 years of age. Last season, Villar appeared in 142 games with the New York Mets, compiling a .249/.322/.416 slash line with 18 home runs and 42 RBIs. The numbers don’t pop off the page, but they’re better than the offensive numbers of Andrelton Simmons. Villar only stole 14 bags last season, but has stolen as many as 40 bases back in 2019.
The La Vega, Dominican Republic native brings a lot of versatility to the diamond for the Cubs. He can play third base, second base, and shortstop while bringing a fair level of offensive output. In addition, if the Cubs falter in the early part of the season, he is a perfect trade deadline candidate for a contending team in need of depth. If nothing else, that is exactly what a potentially struggling 2022 Cubs team will need to continue building for the future.
Be sure to check back here as more information on the signing becomes available.
Villar and the Cubs agreed on a one-year, $6 million deal. The deal also includes a mutual option for 2023 according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com
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