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.