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Cuban infielder Hector Olivera Signs With Dodgers

The Dodgers have made another splash and this time it’s Cuban infielder Hector Olivera for 6-years and approximately $62.5 million, with a $28 million signing bonus as reported on Tuesday by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

It is also reported that the Cuban native, who turns 30 on April 5th, had a recent MRI on his elbow which showed a slight tear in the UCL. But the Dodgers added a clause that gives them a seventh season at $1 million if the infielder does need to have Tommy John surgery.

Scouts rave about Olivera’s tools and international experience, and they agree that he can help a Major League club immediately. Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com

The Dodgers signed Yaseil Puig two and a half years ago at the age of 21 to a seven year contract and even though there were questions on what Puig could do in the majors, it was a deal worth doing especially with how young Puig was at the time.

But with Olivera about to turn 30, can he actually be the star infielder that the Dodgers are envisioning during his deal? There is no telling what he can offer, but if it is anywhere near what All-Star outfielder Puig has done so far, the Dodgers have gotten another Cuban gem.

So when will Olivera make his major league debut? The countdown begins.

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David Conde
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