The Los Angeles Dodgers have seen a few Cuban players they had interest in sign with other teams.
After the success of Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers have not gotten the same impact from their other two Cuban player signings. Erisbel Arruebarrena and Alex Guerrero still have the potential to become key players, but didn’t make the same splash that Puig made in 2013. This winter, the Dodgers have been linked to just about any player from the country looking to sign in the Majors. While they have yet to sign any, the speculation has grown that they are looking to sign 29-year-old infielder Hector Olivera.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Dodgers have offered the most money to Olivera:
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) March 12, 2015
While the figures aren’t confirmed, the Dodgers have been linked to Olivera for quite some time and have had a few key members in the front office see him play in person. Olivera was cleared last week to sign and it’s been reported that he will sign soon.
Olivera is a infielder that is expected to be Major League-ready once he signs, despite reports of a UCL tear this past week. The Dodgers don’t appear to have any room for the Cuban at the moment, but they have three of their four infielders in the final year of their contracts. If Olivera is signed, he could find himself beginning the year in the Minor Leagues working towards being a starter in 2016.
If the report is true, then expect to see Olivera in Dodgers camp very soon.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Yasmani Grandal