And then suddenly, not so quiet.
Aside from a predictable injury or so, the
That changed Tuesday with the news they had reached agreement with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera for a $62.5-million deal spread over six years that includes a stunning $28 million signing bonus.
Wow. A very big, wow. An almost are-you-kidding-me wow, only not quiet.
That is easily the most money the Dodgers have spent on a free agent this off-season. Previously their biggest get was right-hander
But the Olivera signing is something else. That's a serious commitment for someone who turns 30 the day before the season opener, has never played anywhere in the major league system and reportedly has a UCL issue in his right throwing elbow.
You spend that kind of money on someone, you expect them to play immediately and have an impact. Only for now, however, the Dodgers' lineup is set and this looks more like a play for the future.
Remember, team baseball operations President
They passed on right-hander
Olivera still has to get his visa out of Haiti, no simple feat, then will have to get in shape and play some minor-league games somewhere. He can play third and second, and the outfield. The Dodgers reportedly see him more as a third baseman,
Uribe – like second baseman
What Olivera most certainly does give the Dodgers is flexibility and options with all that infield uncertainty next season. Maybe they let Uribe and Rollins walk, put Olivera at third, re-sign Kendrick and call up
Scouts rave about Olivera's tools and he has long been considered one of Cuba's premier players. Guess he'd better be. You can worry about how he'll fit in this season, but by the time he's ready, who knows what the situation will be? They may need him.