IMO, non tendering Villar is a big FU to the section of the fan base, who think it is time to begin to cycle up.
When this process starts, you have some people out there saying they are OK sucking for 5-7 years. Jim Bowden says that every time a team moves to rebuild. He said it last week about the Pirates. He said it previously about the Orioles
The Orioles have played 1 season and it's not clear we've added a single meaningful player, as a part of the rebuilding process, to a future competitive team.
A lot of people are still excited about the process that doesn't include winning, including the Orioles entire FO.