The latest from Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com …
The Braves have offered a four-year deal to star Cuban free agent Hector Olivera, but at least the Padres, Giants and bigger-spending Dodgers are in the mix and multiple teams are thought to be offering five years. The A’s and Marlins also have been connected to Olivera, though it isn’t known how involved those teams are.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported late last week that the Dodgers had offered Olivera a $77 million contract, but the 29-year-old second baseman surely would have signed with Los Angeles by this point if that figure was accurate.
Spencer also heard from sources that the Marlins offered $53 million, the Padres offered $52 million, and the Braves came in at $44 million. Those numbers do jibe with some of Heyman’s most recent reporting.
Olivera was a .323/.407/.505 hitter in 10 seasons with Asvispas de Santiago of Cuba’s Serie Nacional. There have been questions raised about the structure of his throwing elbow, but sources close to Olivera have flatly denied that the elbow is an issue at all. This whole situation remains shrouded in mystery.
Olivera’s agent, Greg Genske, says a deal will “likely” be completed by the end of this week.