Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. That means Olivera is free to negotiate and sign with any team at any time. He’s expected to garner a contract in the $50-70 million range.
The Dodgers, Braves, Padres, Athletics, Yankees, and Giants are believed to have the most interest in Olivera at this time. Olivera, who defected from Cuba last September, will turn 30 years old on April 5. He has batted .323/.407/.505 with 96 home runs and 433 RBI across 10 seasons in the Cuban National Series.
Olivera was believed to have suffered a UCL injury but his representatives refuted the claim, saying he passed four physicals per Baseball America’s Ben Badler.