Monday wasn’t your typical afternoon for the Miami Marlins.
Making a number of transactions moments before the 4:00 p.m. ET trade deadline, Miami has quickly built itself an impressive rotation. However, that includes the loss of the league’s leader in bases stolen.
The Marlins have officially agreed on terms to send second baseman Jonathan Villar to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player yet to be named.
Jonathan Villar was traded from the Baltimore Orioles in December of 2019. The former All-Star and Gold Glove award recipient was shipped to Miami from the Baltimore Orioles in December of 2019. He holds an average of .272 with nine stolen bases in 2020, leading the league.
According to Craig Mish, an MLB Network contributor, the “Marlins felt Villar is still an extremely talented player but played reckless at times, and never fully bought in to what they are trying to do.”
What does this mean for Miami?
Miami’s front office is ultimately making numerous moves to further better the club.
That includes bringing back Griffin Conine, who is known to be part of the Villar deal. Conine should sound familiar to Marlins fans, being that Griffin is Mr. Marlin’s, Jeff Conine’s son.
Griffin was a second-round draft pick in 2018, playing 137 games in the Minor League, earning a .266 average with 138 hits. Griffin has earned a top 20 prospect spot in Toronto’s system, making him fit perfectly with Miami’s dominant farming system, having the chance to be shown in 2020.
Although they’ll lose some of their speed in Villar, Miami priorities having players who don’t go against the grain, making recklessness and poor decisions at times. That’s exactly how they’ve played for 27 years.
With Conine, the Marlins add to their plethora of skilled outfielders and their farming system. Even if Mr. Marlin Jr. doesn’t make an appearance in 2020, fans won’t have to wait long to see what the 23-year-old has to offer.