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Friday Bird Droppings: Where we’re still salty about the Villar situation

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It’s been two days since the O’s requested outright waivers on Jonathan Villar, and it’s still hard to fathom.

Seattle Mariners v Baltimore Orioles Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I trust that your bellies were sufficiently filled and that you managed to survive hanging out with your extended family, even that uncle you don’t see often who keeps making vaguely racist comments.

Me, I had a great time and a great feast. Sometimes in the days after Thanksgiving, all I can think about is the delicious food I ate. But because I’m a professional, I won’t let that interfere with my writing of Bird Droppings.

So let’s talk about the Orioles and this Jonathan Villar thing. I shouldn’t still be upset about it, but I yam. They’re acting like a bunch of turkeys. I know his estimated $10 million salary is no small potatoes, but how can you just get rid of your best player like it’s easy as pie? They’re really stuffing these cost-cutting measures down our throats. They’re making the 2020 Orioles so awful that I fully expect them to get creamed (corn). Heck, if they manage to win more than 40 games, it’ll be gravy.

Ugh, I’m annoyed. This whole situation is just hard to swallow.

Links

Explaining — and trying to make sense of — the Orioles’ Jonathan Villar waiver-request move – The Athletic
Dan Connolly offers his perspective on the Villar situation, and notes that there’s the slightest possibility Villar could stay with the Birds if he clears waivers and accepts a discounted offer in arbitration. I think Villar would have to have a pretty lousy agent to agree to stay with a 108-loss team on a bargain-basement rate instead of testing free agency.

Baltimore Orioles: Yolmer Sanchez Is Available And Fits The Bill - Birds Watcher
Now that Villar is (almost certainly) gone, the O’s have kind of a gaping hole in the middle infield. Nick Stevens profiles one veteran second baseman who could be a good match, nonexistent bat and all.

Here are the O’s top 5 wins of 2019 - Orioles.com
You forget, but the Orioles did manage to win five games in 2019! Even a few more than that, actually. Joe Trezza rattles off the five best. My vote would go to that insane 16-inning marathon in Anaheim where Stevie Wilkerson got the save and our poor Drew Bonifant had to stay up until 5 in the morning to recap it.

What Oriole fans have to be thankful for - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff digs deep to find reasons for Orioles fans to be thankful this holiday season. His list is much more comprehensive than mine, which would have like two things on it.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share your day with four ex-Orioles, including Craig Gentry (36), who played with the Birds from 2017-18. That ended up being his final major league stop; Gentry announced his retirement from baseball earlier this year. Your other O’s birthday buddies are 2008 catcher Guillermo Quiroz (38) and a pair of 1990 teammates, Joe Price (63) and Brian Holton (60).

On this day in 1967, the Orioles traded shortstop Luis Aparicio — whose stint with the O’s included two All-Star selections, two Gold Gloves, two stolen base titles, and a World Series championship — back to the White Sox, from whom they’d acquired him five years earlier. The Birds’ return package for Aparicio netted a fellow Orioles Hall of Famer, Don Buford, who was an on-base machine in five years for the Birds (.385 OBP).