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Reports: Orioles Place Jonathan Villar On Waivers

November 27, 2019
The Orioles have placed infielder Jonathan Villar on outright waivers, according to multiple reports. Villar, one of the club's most productive players in 2019, is projected to earn a big raise in his final season of arbitration eligibility.

The other 29 major-league teams have until Dec. 2 to claim his contract, according to Dan Connolly of The Athletic. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is also Dec. 2. Should Villar not be claimed by any team, the Orioles would have the option to non-tender Villar. Long story short, Villar is not likely to be an Oriole in 2020, according to Connolly.

Villar, 28, hit .274/.339/.453 with 24 homers, 33 doubles and 40 steals in 2019. He also appeared in all 162 games. He posted a 4.0 WAR, according to Fangraphs and Baseball Reference, the top mark among Orioles position players on both sites. He was particularly productive in the second half of the season, posting a .291/.353/.490 line. Villar is a career .261/.328/.408 hitter.

Villar was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $10.4 million in his final season of arbitration. Villar is one of seven Orioles eligible for arbitration. One of the others is right-hander Dylan Bundy, projected to earn $5.7 million. The Orioles are in discussions about a Bundy trade, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

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