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Dodgers Video: Hector Olivera Working Out At Camelback Ranch



Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Hector Olivera reportedly had a deal in place in late March, but the 30 year old’s signing wasn’t made official until May 19. During the two-month wait, Olivera worked out at the Dodgers’ Campo Las Palmas facility in the Dominican Republic.

Upon obtaining a visa and traveling to Los Angeles for his physical, Olivera was immediately sent to Camelback Ranch where Dodgers president of baseball operations said he would work out before joining High-A Rancho Cucamonga on a Minor League assignment. From there the plan was to then move Olivera up to Triple-A Oklahoma City with the hope of him reaching the Majors soon after.

While Friedman hasn’t set a target date for Olivera’s Major-League debut, the Cuban native said he would need three to four weeks (from signing) to get in game shape, but was otherwise ready. “Mentally, I’m very prepared. I know what it takes to be a Major-Leaguer. I also know the conditions of how many games are played in the big-league level, but I’m very prepared mentally,” he said during a conference call.

Olivera signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract and said he chose the Dodgers ahead of four teams, mentioning the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants among the list of serious suitors.

Written by Staff Writer

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