Hector Olivera is getting his first chance in the majors, with the Braves calling up the 30-year-old infielder four months after he defected from Cuba to sign a six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Dodgers.
Olivera was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves as part of July’s three-team, 13-player deal that also involved the Marlins.
He’s spent the past two months in the minors, hitting a modest .272 with two homers and a .702 OPS in 35 games while missing significant time with a hamstring injury. Olivera put up big numbers in Cuba, consistently hitting .300-plus with power and plate discipline for a decade.
His long-term home defensively is unclear–Olivera saw time at third base and second base in the minors–but the Braves think he has strong offensive upside and picking him up as part of a trade after the Dodgers gave him a $28 million signing bonus is an interesting gamble by the front office.