Top Hector Olivera News

  • Hector Olivera: Signs with indy ball team

    Olivera signed a contract Tuesday with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, Robert Murray of reports.

    Olivera was a much-ballyhooed signing out of Cuba back in the spring of 2015, when he landed a six-year, $62.5 million contract from the Dodgers. He never lived up to expectations on or off the field, slashing .245/.296/.378 over 108 career plate appearances with the Dodgers and Braves before he was charged last April with misdemeanor assault and battery. The Braves later dealt him to the Padres last July in a salary dump, but he was waived shortly thereafter. Olivera served an 82-game suspension for the assault charge and won't be subject to further discipline should he return to affiliated baseball at some point, but the 32-year-old will need to prove his worth on the independent circuit before organizations take another look at him.

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  • Hector Olivera: Waived by Padres

    The Padres requested unconditional release waivers on Olivera on Wednesday.

    The poster child for what can go wrong when giving a veteran Cuban defector a large contract, Olivera's career never really got off the ground before a domestic violence incident netted him an 82-game suspension earlier in the year. If Olivera, 31, hopes to continue to pursue a career in the big leagues, he will likely need to accept a minor league contract with his next club. He has a career .245/.296/.378 slash line with two home runs in 108 MLB plate appearances.

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  • Padres' Hector Olivera: Designated for assignment

    Olivera was designated for assignment, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Olivera has failed to impress at Triple-A this season, as he's gone just 4-for-35 over nine games. Due to his struggles both on and off the field, it seems unlikely that another club is going to be eager to bring Olivera on board.

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  • Padres' Hector Olivera: Traded to San Diego

    Olivera has been traded from Atlanta to San Diego for outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Olivera, who is set to return from an 82-game suspension Aug. 2, is expected to be designated for assignment by San Diego, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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  • Braves' Hector Olivera: Trade to San Diego in place

    The Braves have agreed to trade Olivera (suspension) to the Padres in exchange for Matt Kemp, pending physicals, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    One year to the day after they landed Olivera from the Dodgers, the Braves have agreed to send the 31-year-old to San Diego in a swap of bad contracts. Olivera is currently serving a suspension for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy but is eligible to return Aug. 2. He's had a tough time shaking the rust while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett, going 4-for-35 (.114 average) with one extra-base hit.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Age: 38
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R