Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Athletics, Padres, Yankees and Nationals are all players for Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera.
Olivera, 29, defected back in September. He has yet to be cleared by the U.S. government so it’s still not time for him to sign. He also has some health concerns, having missed considerable playing time with thrombosis in his left biceps, keeping him out of international competition. In club play this past season he hit .316 with an .886 OPS and had more walks than strikeouts. His bat isn’t a question, just his age and health.