O’s trade Johnathan Villar to the Cubs
Veteran infielder Jonathan Villar is likely in the same category as Givens when it comes to the likelihood of being traded.
Villar is slashing .258/.323/.412 this season with 11 home runs and 42 RBI’s. With plenty of experience under his belt and the ability to play multiple infield positions, he’d fit in on several contending clubs.
One team in particular that seems like a good fit for Villar is the Chicago Cubs. With Addison Russell struggling and a weak farm system keeping the team from getting any big-names Vilar seems like a perfect option to plug in at shortstop for the Cubs.
A trade for Vilar could look like this:
The O’s ship Villar to the Northside of Chicago while acquiring infield prospect Yonathan Perlaza and pitching prospect Duane Underwood Jr. Peralza is a 20-year-old infielder slashing .280/.326/.415 at High-A South Bend this season and Underwood is near MLB ready as he has at Triple-A Iowa and could be an option to help the Orioles eat innings in the bullpen for the remainder of the season and beyond.
Getting a few prospects in exchange for Villar should be Elias’s goal, and the Cubs would be a team likely to help him get that done.