Hector Olivera is going Hollywood. The top Cuban infielder has reportedly agreed to a six-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $62.5M including a $28M signing bonus. Several MLB teams including the Padres, Yankees, Giants, Braves, and Marlins were pursuing Olivera, who’s played shortstop along with second and third base, but the Dodgers were the club that coughed up the most cash.
After the near-instant success of Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers have done a complete 180 in terms of targeting Cuban players in recent years. Adding Olivera’s skill set and bat increases LA’s depth immediately while providing roster options next season as infielders Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins, and Juan Uribe will become free agents.
Corey Seager, the Dodgers top prospect, is expected to take over the full time shortstop position next season meaning Olivera will likely make the move to second or third base. Check out his showcase video for MLB teams below.
Olivera will be 30-years old on April 5th and has experienced injury issues in the past. According to reports he has a partial UCL tear and the Dodgers have an a $1M option for a seventh year if Olivera undergoes Tommy John Surgery.
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