Olivera signed a contract Tuesday with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olivera (suspension) began playing for the Gulf Coast League Braves on Friday and could join Triple-A Gwinnett by Tuesday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
His 82-game suspension for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy will expire Aug. 1. The Braves will likely either bring him up once the suspension expires, or they could opt to release him if they don't think his talent justifies the off-the-field baggage. The Colorado Rockies, for instance, let Jose Reyes play in nine rehab games before releasing him, so that is not out of the question in Olivera's case. He has yet to show he is an average major league hitter, so it's best to take a wait-and-see approach in most formats.
Olivera has accepted his 82-game suspension and will be out through August 1, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Olivera was suspended without pay for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy and has agreed not to appeal the suspension that has been retroactively applied to April 30. Olivera hit .253/.310/.405 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 2015 but will now have to serve his suspension before getting back into action.
Olivera (suspension) had his paid leave extended again Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Major League Baseball needs more time to investigate the situation surrounding Olivera. The length of time extension was not immediately announced, but regardless, Olivera could face a lengthy suspension after the investigation is complete.
Olivera has been made available on the trade block ever since he was arrested, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
The 31-year-old is on paid administrative leave after he was arrested on charges he allegedly assaulted a woman in Washington, D.C. The earliest he could return is May 4, but it seems highly likely he will face a hefty suspension. Olivera has just 98 career at-bats and is signed through 2020 for $34.5 million, so it doesn't appear probable that the Braves will be able to unload him in a trade.
Olivera's (suspension) paid leave has been extended by two weeks, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
The initial administrative leave was set to expire Wednesday, but the players union and MLB agreed upon on an extension allowed by the league's domestic violence policy. This will allow commissioner Rob Manfred more time to decide upon a disciplinary ruling, but it remains a possibility that the league's investigation will require additional time. Regardless, Olivera looks to be out indefinitely with a suspension potentially on the way in the coming weeks.
Olivera is on paid leave for seven days while the commissioner's office investigates the alleged domestic dispute that took place Wednesday at the Braves' team hotel in Virginia, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Olivera is currently being processed in Arlington, Va., court after his arrest on the domestic abuse charge Wednesday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Unlike the cases involving Yasiel Puig, Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes, Olivera's investigation is during the season, so it will be interesting to see if MLB can make a quicker determination, given the seven-day window. If the league's investigation is ongoing after the seven days are up, commissioner Rob Manfred can place Olivera on paid suspension, or allow him to play pending the conclusion of the investigation. For now, Olivera can be considered out indefinitely, with the Apr. 20 game against the Dodgers representing the soonest he could be back in action, although that seems unlikely, given the circumstances. Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson and Drew Stubbs could all see time in left field while Olivera is out.
Olivera has been placed on administrative leave and the commissioner's office has begun an investigation into the alleged domestic dispute he was involved in early Wednesday morning at a hotel in Virginia, the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports.
The dispute sounds pretty awful, as the victim, a woman who called 911, reportedly had bruises and was transported to a local hospital. A suspension could be looming, and Olivera's time missed under administrative leave won't lessen any suspension, as he is on paid leave. In standard mixed leagues, it's probably time to cut ties with Olivera, who was slashing .211/.238/.263 in 21 plate appearances prior to the incident.
Olivera was arrested following a domestic dispute at a Virginia hotel early Wednesday morning, Jeff Goldberg of WJLA reports.
According to police sources, the alleged victim called 911 early Wednesday morning to report an assault. Additionally, police indicated that the woman who made the call had bruises and was transported to a local hospital. Olivera has not been formally charged at this time, but further details regarding the incident are likely to surface in the near future.
Olivera is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.
Olivera hasn't yet been productive in the regular season, prompting Jeff Francoeur to replace him in left field on Tuesday. Olivera's produced four hits in 19 at bats in the Brave's first six games, along with five strikeouts.
Olivera is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
With right-hander Carlos Martinez on the mound Saturday, Olivera will be replaced in the order by veteran lefty Kelly Johnson. Olivera has yet to translate his torrid spring into a productive regular season, having gone 2-for-10 with three strikeouts and a walk.
Olivera has gone 24-for-61 (.393 average) with six doubles, 12 RBI, two walks and six strikeouts this spring.
While he isn't walking much at all and does not officially have a home run this spring, Olivera did hit one out last Friday against the Tigers before the game was called due to rain. Manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week, "I've been pleased with [Olivera's] progress at the plate, and really, really pleased with him in left field. I feel comfortable with him in left field. I think still, the last thing we're going to see from him, whether it's a month from now or six or eight weeks from now, is the power."
Olivera went 2-for-2 with a double in Friday's split-squad game against the Cardinals.
With two more base knocks Friday, Olivera now has 12 hits for the spring (.500 average), most in the Grapefruit League. Nine of his 12 hits have been singles, but Olivera has now doubled in back-to-back games. The 30-year-old is expected to open the season as the primary left fielder for Atlanta. He's been hitting fifth or sixth in the order in recent days.
Olivera arrived to spring training about a week early and has impressed manager Fredi Gonzalez with his work ethic, MLB.com reports. "We think this guy is going to be a very productive player in the major leagues," Gonzalez said. "But at the very least, what I see is he cares and he works."
His introduction to the major leagues last season left a lot to be desired, leading some to question the Braves' decision to part with Jose Peraza and Alex Wood in order to acquire Olivera, but Olivera worked to refine his mechanics during winter ball. The skipper has taken notice, saying Olivera's swing looks "cleaner" than it did last year. Olivera, who turns 31 a day after the start of the season, is transitioning to left field after playing primarily at third base during his first season stateside.
Olivera is done playing in winter leagues for the duration of the offseason, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Olivera was released by his winter ball club in Puerto Rico after returning to the team a day later than expected following a trip to Miami to visit his gravely ill sister. He played in 18 games for Caguas, hitting .275 (19-for-69) with a .645 OPS to conclude a 2015 season that featured 77 games played for eight different teams in eight different leagues over a span of seven months. The Braves are moving Olivera to left field to begin 2016, but he could still see some time at third base if needed. During his time in Puerto Rico, Olivera worked with Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, who was pleased with the progress of the 30-year-old during their time working together. Most likely, Olivera will serve as the Braves' starter in left field in 2016 after a hamstring injury kept him from contributing with the Dodgers prior to his midseason trade to Atlanta.
The Braves plan to have Olivera make the transition from third base to left field in 2016, MLB.com reports.
While the transition has seemingly already begun, with Olivera starting to play left field in Puerto Rico earlier this month, the Braves aren't setting anything in stone just yet. General manager John Coppolella said Olivera could split time at third with Adonis Garcia if the transition does not go well, but the hope is that Olivera will be relieved of some stress playing in left, allowing him to focus more on hitting. Of course, Olivera will still be third-base eligible in most fantasy formats, having played there exclusively after his promotion to Atlanta (21 games).
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