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Padres are “positioning themselves as a favorite to land” Cuban infielder Hector Olivera


The latest report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports …

The San Diego Padres are positioning themselves as a favorite to land Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, showing a willingness to spend significant money after strong-but-failed attempts to sign Cubans Yasmany Tomas and Yoan Moncada earlier this offseason, sources told Yahoo Sports.

The market for Olivera heated up Tuesday, with the Padres considering an offer upwards of $50 million, according to sources.

Ben Badler of Baseball America reported Tuesday that the Padres have already run Olivera through a pre-signing physical, so their negotiations with the 29-year-old Cuban defector could be pretty far along. The Braves, A’s, and Dodgers are also thought to have serious interest, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has suggested that the Marlins could be a legitimate darkhorse.

Some initial reports had Olivera seeking a contract worth more than $70 million, but that talk has quieted since he joined a more well-known sports agency. A final sum in the $50 million range seems more realistic.

Olivera was a .323/.407/.505 hitter in 10 seasons with Asvispas de Santiago of Cuba’s Serie Nacional.

The Braves have made an offer to Hector Olivera

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Fox’s Jon Morosi reports that the Braves have made a contract offer to Cuban infielder Hector Olivera.

No word on any other teams making offers, but the Padres and Dodgers are said to be in the hunt as well.

Olivera, 29, played 10 seasons in the Cuban National Series, where he batted .323/.407/.505 with 96 home runs and 433 RBI in 3,269 plate appearances. He’s expected to snag a deal in the range of upwards of $70 million.

Braves, Padres, and Dodgers considered favorites to land Hector Olivera

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Cuban infielder Hector Olivera was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball on Friday. Baseball America’s Ben Badler considers the Braves, Padres, and Dodgers the favorites to land the 29-year-old’s services. A recent report indicated he could garner a deal north of $70 million.

Olivera was in the news recently after a report surfaced that he had damaged the UCL in his elbow, but his representatives vehemently denied the report.

Across 10 seasons in the Cuban National Series, Olivera batted .323/.407/.505 with 96 home runs and 433 RBI in 3,269 plate appearances.