The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a six-year, $62.5 million deal with Cuban star Hector Olivera on March 24 and almost a full two months later, he is still in the Dominican Republic due to not having a work visa.
That is no longer the case.
Per league source, Olivera has received his work visa and is scheduled to travel to the United States this week.
The deal has yet to be signed since Olivera has yet to take a physical. There are concerns that there is something wrong with his elbow and the physical will determine whether or not he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
If he does in fact need Tommy John surgery, there will be an extra year and $1 million added to his contract, as I reported in March.
If Olivera is cleared to play, he will have to spend a month or so in the minor-leagues to get accustomed to big league pitching.
In 10 seasons in Cuba, the 29-year-old Olivera hit .323 with 96 home runs and 433 RBI.
Olivera adds more allure to an already entertaining Los Angeles Dodgers team, who is currently in first place in the NL West division standings. Take in a game at Dodger Stadium by reserving flights to and from Los Angeles through Hipmunk.com. There’s no reason to rush out of LA, as Hipmunk has Los Angeles hotels starting from $61 per night.
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