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Los Angeles Angels DFA infielder Jonathan Villar after two-error game

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Jul 22, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Jonathan Villar (19) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels parted ways with veteran infielder Jonathan Villar, designating him for assignment Sunday while the club purchased the contract of outfielder Magneuris Sierra from Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Angels signed Villar to a contract July 2 after he was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs and released June 28.

Villar, a veteran of 10 major league seasons, was batting just .163 with a .451 OPS for the Angels in 13 games. He made two errors at third base in Saturday’s 7-2 road loss to the Atlanta Braves.

He was batting .208 overall with a .562 OPS in 59 major league games this season.

Sierra, 26, is being called up to the Angels for the first time. He has 233 games of major league experience over five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins.

Adept at all three outfield positions, Sierra was batting .297 with a .795 OPS at Salt Lake with seven home runs and 45 RBIs. He is a career .240 hitter in the major leagues with a .565 OPS, but does not have a home run in 500 at-bats.

–Field Level Media