Hector Olivera could possibly play 1B, 2B or 3B for the Dodgers. (YouTube)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a six-year, $62.5 million deal with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, according to reports.
The deal includes a $28 million signing bonus.
The Dodgers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres had all expressed strong interest in signing the 29-year-old infielder, with the Dodgers and Padres considered the two frontrunners to land his services.
Olivera, who defected from Cuba in September 2014, had been highly regarded as an offensive weapon who could contribute in the big leagues immediately since impressing scouts last month at a workout in the Dominican Republic.
Although the Dodgers have yet to formally announce the signing, it comes at a substantially steeper price than the $42 million they’re paying over seven years for the already All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig.
The signing adds more depth to an already crowded infield for the Dodgers. Last season the team signed two Cuban infielders, Alexander Guerrero and Erisbel Arruebarruena, to long-term deals. Neither Guerrero nor Arruebarruena have been impressive in their short big league stints thus far.