Hector Olivera

It was a busy offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers, even though they were unable to sign any of the young Cuban talent they were rumored to be interested in.

It appeared that their offseason would be done; however, they just signed a Cuban right-hander named Pablo Millan Fernandez and were still in the running for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. Fernandez signed a minor-league deal and will transition from reliever to starter in the Minors. For Olivera, the Dodgers were one of several teams interested in the 29-year-old.

According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Dodgers are reportedly the final team for Olivera, as they have signed him to a six-year deal:

Olivera is an infielder that can play second, short or third base and who is deemed to be Major League-ready. While the Dodgers don’t necessarily have room for him on the current roster, they have three of their infielders in their last year of their contracts.

There was some concern about Olivera having a torn UCL, but it appears that he is fine. Once he is officially signed, the right-handed hitting infielder will likely join the Minor Leagues and get into playing shape. Barring any injuries, Olivera could spend the year developing and adjusting to a new country in order to be ready for the 2016 season. Because of his age, the Dodgers will not face any international signing penalties.

UPDATE (3:06 pm): The Los Angeles Dodgers have given themselves an insurance clause should Hector Olivera need Tommy John surgery.

UPDATE (7:20 pm): A second MRI was conducted and it did reveal a tear in Olivera’s UCL; however, he isn’t worried about the tear.

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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