Cubs sign former Mets infielder Jonathan Villar originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The already remote possibility Carlos Correa could still be in play for the Cubs is all but eliminated after the team landed versatile infielder Jonathan Villar on Thursday.
FanSided’s Robert Murray was first to report the Cubs have signed Villar.
Villar, 31 in May, is a nine-year veteran who previously played for the Astros, Brewers, Orioles, Marlins, Blue Jays and Mets. He spent last season with New York, hitting .249/.322/.416 in 142 games.
He’s a career career .258/.326/.403 hitter who’s best season was 2016 with Milwaukee, when he hit .285/.369/.457 in 156 games.
Villar addresses a matchup need as a switch-hitter joining a right-handed heavy Cubs infield. In fact, the Cubs’ only left-handed bats on the likely Opening Day roster are Jason Heyward and Rafael Ortega, and switch-hitter Ian Happ.
Villar is also versatile, with extensive experience playing third and second base, and…