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Dodgers finalize contracts with Cuban defectors Hector Olivera and Pablo Fernandez


Back in late March, it was reported that the Dodgers had agreed to a six-year, $62.5 million contract with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera and an $8 million minor league contract with right-hander Pablo Fernandez. But because the two are Cuban defectors, it took a little while for all of the parties involved to sort out the necessary paperwork.

The wait finally ended on Tuesday afternoon, per the Dodgers’ official Twitter account

Eury de la Rosa, a 25-year-old left-hander, was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Olivera, who will head to extended spring training for a couple of weeks but could join the Dodgers at some point in early-to-mid June. It’s not clear at this point how he’s going to fit on the Los Angeles depth chart, but these things tend to sort themselves out over time. Olivera, 30, was a 323/.407/.505 hitter in 10 seasons with Asvispas de Santiago of Cuba’s Serie Nacional. He can play all around the infield defensively.

Fernandez, a 25-year-old with a well-developed arsenal of pitches, will also head to extended spring training in Arizona before joining one of the Dodgers’ minor league affiliates. He worked primarily as a relief pitcher in his native Cuba, but the Dodgers are expected to try him as a starter first. Fernandez posted a promising 2.83 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings during the 2013-2014 season in Serie Nacional.

Rockies place Corey Dickerson on 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post has the news …

The Rockies placed left-fielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday so he can deal with a lingering case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Colorado called up utility outfielder Ben Paulsen to take Dickerson’s place.

Dickerson has been bothered by the plantar fasciitis for much of the season and he had a bad flareup over the weekend. “When I stopped on my toes, it felt like a tearing sensation, a burning, like somebody lit your heel on fire,” the 25-year-old told reporters Tuesday.

Dickerson was batting .306/.342/.523 with five home runs and 16 RBI through 33 games this year.

The budding star hit .312/.364/.567 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 131 games last season.

Cardinals send Tyler Lyons back to AAA Memphis, opening rotation spot for Jaime Garcia

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Tim Cooney got the first crack at replacing Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals’ starting rotation and failed, allowing three runs on seven hits over just 2 1/3 innings on April 30 against the Phillies. Tyler Lyons was the next man up but he also struggled, yielding 10 runs — eight earned — over 13 innings in an audition that spanned three starts. He didn’t make it out of the top of the fourth inning Saturday in the Cardinals’ second straight loss to the Tigers.

That’s gonna do it for the Lyons experiment …

Nothing is official yet, but it looks like oft-injured left-hander Jaime Garcia will fill the Cardinals’ rotation vacancy on Thursday at the Mets’ Citi Field. Garcia has been out all season with a shoulder injury that has lingered now for three years, but he struck out six batters and allowed only two runs over six innings Friday in his latest rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He was shelled for five runs in 2 2/3 innings the outing before.

Garcia has always been an effective starting pitcher when healthy, boasting a 3.50 ERA and 476 strikeouts in 594 2/3 career major league innings. St. Louis is paying him a $9.25 million salary this season in the final year of a four-year, $27 million contract extension. If Garcia struggles or begins feeling renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder, 23-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales will probably get the next chance.

Wainwright is done for the season following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

Video: Maikel Franco’s first major league home run

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Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco launched his first career major league home run Sunday afternoon against Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado. Watch it fly …

Franco also hit an RBI triple in the 6-0 win. He boasts a .667 slugging percentage in three games.

Marlins fire manager Mike Redmond

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Getting swept by the Braves was the last straw.

According to’s Joe Frisaro, the Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary following Sunday’s 6-0 loss to Atlanta — a game in which the Fish nearly got no-hit.

A new manager will be announced Monday morning.

Miami improved its win total from 62 in 2013 to 77 in 2014 under Redmond’s guidance, but that bump paved the way for overly optimistic expectations heading into 2015. And the Braves’ three-game weekend sweep of the Marlins capped off a run of 10 losses in 14 games for Redmond’s now-former team.

Redmond joins a long list of big-name managers aggressively canned by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. That list includes but is not limited to Joe Girardi, Ozzie Guillen, Fredi Gonzalez, and Edwin Rodriguez.

Miami is currently six games back of first place in the NL East with a record of 16-22.