The Los Angeles Dodgers have confirmed the signing of Cuban infielder Hector Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million deal.
Before completing the deal, Olivera had to undergo a physical to confirm that he didn’t need Tommy John surgery. He had a sprained elbow, but after medical examination, it was determined that his elbow was fully healed.
If he needs Tommy John surgery at any time during his six-years under contract, there will be an extra year and $1 million added to the contract.
Olivera spoke with reporters after signing his deal and via MLBTradeRumors.com’s Zach Links, there were three other teams he considered before signing with the Dodgers:
“There were five teams that had interest in me [including] San Francisco, Atlanta, and Miami,” Olivera said through a translator. “But, in the end, I decided to sign with the Dodgers because I know that this is a great organization.”
One team that was reported to have serious amount of interest in Olivera’s services was the San Diego Padres, but the team never made him an offer.
Now that he is with the Dodgers, Olivera will spend roughly a month in the minor-leagues before joining the team in the major leagues.
Olivera, 30, played 10 seasons in Cuba and hit .323 with 96 home runs and 433 RBI.
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