Interesting update this evening from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, who hears that the Dodgers recently requested a second MRI on the elbow of free agent Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. It’s believed that the request was initially declined.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported a week ago that Olivera could have ulnar collateral ligament damage in his elbow and might require Tommy John surgery. That report was denied by Olivera’s camp, but the 29-year-old has since hired Greg Genske of Legacy Agency to represent him and questions obviously remain about his health.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported earlier today that the Marlins backed off a seven-year, $53 million offer for Olivera after hearing that the Dodgers offered $77 million, but he also noted that those offers were made to his old agent. One would think that he would already be with the Dodgers if that lucrative offer was legitimate, so it’s hard to know what to believe here. Still, Heyman was told by one GM that $70-plus million for Olivera wouldn’t be crazy “if he’s healthy.”