Marlins in mix for Hector Olivera
JUPITER, Fla. — The way the Marlins see it, Hector Olivera is big league-ready right now. If financially affordable, Miami would like to bring the 29-year-old Cuban star into its organization, according to sources.
But if the price is in the $70 million range, the Marlins are not interested. If the figure is more reasonable, Miami intends to make a strong push.
Miami, however, is not alone. The Padres, Braves, Dodgers, Mariners, Yankees, Giants and A’s have all been linked to the 29-year-old infielder.
Even with stiff competition, the Marlins may actually hold an edge in terms of location. According to the Miami Herald, Olivera finds South Florida appealing.
The Marlins have been in discussions with Olivera’s representatives, but the asking price has been too high. However, Olivera just changed agents, and he is now represented by Greg Genske of the Legacy Agency.
In terms of the player, the Marlins believe Olivera can make an impact at the big league level immediately. Miami’s starting infield currently is set, but Olivera is said to be able all four infield spots. So initially, he could be a factor all over the diamond.
At first base, for instance, Miami will be looking to preserve Michael Morse, who may wind up being a five-days-a-week starter. And the Marlins are hopeful of giving shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria some more off days.
More than his defense, Olivera’s bat is what is drawing so much of Miami’s interest.
— Joe Frisaro