A trade for veteran utility man Jonathan Villar can help the Indians in a variety of ways.
The 29-year-old Villar has had an extremely productive career split between the Astros, Brewers, Orioles, and his current squad, the Miami Marlins. He led baseball in stolen bases in 2016 and can play multiple positions such as center field, second base, third base, and shortstop.
This season in Miami, Villar has helped guide the Marlins to a stunning 14-12 start to the season by slashing .272/.327/369 with two home runs and nine RBI’s.
In Cleveland, he could plug into the Indians lineup’s top spot in the order and play multiple positions to provide rest for other starters or take over the starting center field job.
While the Marlins are currently in contention for a playoff spot, it’s hard to imagine they’d pass up a solid prospect package that will help them move forward in their rebuild than hold onto a veteran bat who likely won’t be part of their future plans.
Pieces the Indians could ship to Miami include young infield prospects and sons of former Indians catcher Sandy Martinez, Angel Martinez, and 23-year old pitching prospect Nick Sandlin.
This deal would give the Indians the consistent top of the order bat they need while not blowing up the farm system.