The Padres and the Dodgers have long been considered the finalists for landing Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. Today we finally learn that he's fated to be a Dodger. Olivera is almost thirty and has now been signed to a deal that will likely take him to the end of his career with 6 years and $62.6 million.
Source: Cuban INF Hector Olivera has agreed to a 6-year, $62.5 million deal with Dodgers. $28MM signing bonus. Check http://t.co/mkcBse7p5i
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) March 24, 2015
It sounds like Padres GM A.J. Preller probably drew a line in the sand and refused to pay an old and busted player for that many years.
#Padres liked Olivera (soon to be 30) and were in on him but I don't believe six years was something they were interested in.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) March 24, 2015
Sure it sounds like a "we didn't want him anyway!" type excuse, but still the Padres are left with a questionable infield for this season at very least.