The big contracts and bold trades get all the attention here in the Hot Stove season but I quite admire when the right little moves are made.
Capturing the speedy, switch-hitting utilityman Jonathan Villar may or may not turn out out to be one of them, but it’s a good act by acting GM Zack Scott. I like when the club can get these young veterans who flame out as regulars at the moment their careers transition because they’re not too old yet to fake it in the event of an injury. It’s probably not the most welcome news for Luis Guillorme (and maybe worse still for Jose Peraza, the reserve shortstop acquired on a minor league deal earlier this offseason) but Villar, the former Astro-Brewer-Oriole-Marlin-Blue Jay, can play 2nd, 3rd, short or the outfield, switch hits, stole as many as 62 bases in a year, and hit as many as 24 home runs as a regular. That’s a pretty good resume.
Villar looks like a single-digit kinda guy to me; I’m slotting him in No. 4. He’s worn 2 most often in his career.
Ranking the Met Jons, Jonathons, and Jonathans
- Matlack (Jonathan Trumpbour, 1971-77)
- Niese (Jonathon Joseph, 2008-16)
- Rauch (Jon Erich, 2012)
- Nunnally (Jonathan Keith, 2000)
- Switzer (Jon Michael, 2009)
- Adkins (Jonathan Scott, 2007)