The Los Angeles Dodgers landed coveted Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera after reaching agreement on a six-year, $62.5 million deal, according to reports Tuesday.
The agreement, which the team had yet to confirm, includes a $28 million signing bonus. Among the teams pursuing Olivera were the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.
The 29-year-old infielder, who turns 30 in April, also has the ability to play third base. He impressed scouts last month during workouts in the Dominican Republic with his power and raw ability.
There are concerns that Olivera might have a serious elbow injury, but his representatives have denied there are any issues with his health.
It’s not yet known when the Dodgers will deem the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Olivera ready for the major leagues. Juan Uribe is expected to start at third base and Howie Kendrick at second for Los Angeles. Both are free agents after the 2015 season.