Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, 30, received his visa eight days ago. On Monday he finalized a 6-year, $62 million deal with the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO — Hector Olivera’s six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Dodgers became official Tuesday. The contract is believed to contain a team option for a seventh year (2021) for $1 million, which triggers if Olivera undergoes Tommy John surgery on his balky right elbow.
Olivera, 30, will be 36 by then. Tuesday afternoon, he was en route the Dodgers’ extended spring training facility in Arizona before he is presumably assigned to a minor-league affiliate.
“We are excited to be adding two players to our organization that have consistently demonstrated their talent in Cuba as well as in international competition,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement. “We look forward to adding them to our organization and are confident they will be able to contribute to the Dodgers in the near future.”
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Infielder Hector Olivera and pitcher Pablo Fernandez have received visas that will allow them to come to the United States. Both agreed to terms with the Dodgers weeks ago, but Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman preferred they take their physicals in the U.S.
Their contracts should become official once they pass, and that could happen within the week.
Olivera agreed to terms on a six-year, $62.5 million deal in March. The Dodgers signed Fernandez to an $8 million minor-league contract.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Wednesday that infielder Hector Olivera and pitcher Pablo Fernandez, whom the Dodgers signed last month, are still awaiting a visa that will allow them to come to the United States and take their physicals.
Friedman said that both players could take their physicals in the Dominican Republic, but “it’s not the same as having our guys put their hands on him.”
Olivera agreed to terms on a six-year, $62.5 million deal in March. The Dodgers agreed to terms with Fernandez on an $8 million minor-league contract.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — For Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero, news that pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers (pending a physical) was welcome Monday morning.
“We know each other good,” Guerrero said in Spanish, adding that he’s batted against Fernandez in Cuba.
“Good control, command, great kid, good attitude, that’s all I can say,” Guerrero said by way of a scouting report. “Slider, fastball — the best thing is that he locates them good.”
Fernandez, 25, is married and comes with a reputation of being a mature player. Guerrero called Fernandez a “calm kid” and “humble.”
By all accounts, Fernandez’s final off-field issue should be obtaining his U.S. work visa.
The Dodgers and Cuban right-handed pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez Rojas have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with an $8 million bonus, a source confirmed Sunday. The contract, first reported by BaseballAmerica.com, is pending a physical.
Fernandez (as he’s referred to here and here) is not subject to Major League Baseball’s international bonus pool restrictions, so the Dodgers will not be taxed on the $8 million bonus or face a penalty in the upcoming international signing period.
Here are his Serie Nacional stats:
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