I don’t have any issue with the thought that you just keep Villar and not trade him to trade him.
But this goes back to the Angelos family and what they want. They don’t want to spend money. Elias did the best he could. No one wanted Villar and he had to be dealt or they were going to DFA him for nothing.
And none of those guys are players you worry about service time.
You just go with them. Throw them out and see what happens. I suspect many of them would have been up by now anyway, in a normal season.
I was really looking forward to this team this year by this point in the season. The team I was hoping to see could be out there right now.