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Marlins add quality players in Jonathan Villar, Jesus Aguilar

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Are the Miami Marlins actually trying to put together an improved team? Based on their actions Monday, that appears to be the case.

The Marlins made some additions on Monday. They acquired second baseman Jonathan Villar in a trade with Baltimore and Jesus Aguilar via waivers.

The Orioles had placed Villar on waivers because they did not want to pay him an elevated salary in the final year of his arbitration. Miami dealt pitcher Easton Lucas to get him. Villar batted .274 with 24 home runs and 40 stolen bases last season for the O’s. He made $10.4 million and is set to earn even more in 2020.

The Marlins claimed Aguilar off waivers from the Rays. Aguilar batted .274 with 35 home runs in 2018, but fell off last season and hit just .236 with 12 home runs in stints with Milwaukee and Tampa Bay.

Miami went 57-105 last season, which was the worst record in the NL by 12 wins.

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