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.
The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.
With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.