Jonathan Villar Released By Aguilas Cibaenas, Signs In LVBP With Leones del Caracas

Jonathan Villar of Las Águilas Cibaeñas connects for a double in the top of the fifth inning against Los Tigres del Licey at Citi Field on November 11, 2023 in New York City. The Las Águilas Cibaeñas defeated Los Tigres del Licey 3-0. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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World Baseball Network

Former Major League Baseball infielder Jonathan Villar has been released by the Aguilas Cibaenas in the LIDOM and signed with the Leones del Caracas in the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional.

Villar, 32, was exceptional for the Algodoneros de Union Laguna in the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol this past summer, batting .346/.410/.508 with a .918 OPS, 11 homers and 72 RBI in 85 games.

He played five games with the Aguilas Cibaenas this winter, batting .235 over 17 at-bats before being released. Last Monday, he gave up on a foul ball that landed in play, which may have been the last straw for manager Tony Pena. Villar was in his 10th season in LIDOM before being released.

In 10 Major League seasons, Villar has played 1,032 games with Houston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Miami, Toronto, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Angels, batting .255/.322/.397 with a .719 OPS.

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