Marlins remain in talks with Olivera

JUPITER, Fla. — Miami remains in the mix for Hector Olivera, but the club doesn’t know where it stands in talks mainly because the Cuban infielder just changed agents.

The Marlins had been in substantive talks with his previous representation, but now is establishing dialogue with his new agent, Greg Genske of The Legacy Agency. So the process is basically starting over.

There have been reports Olivera, 29, is seeking $70 million. But there is a feeling among those close to the situation that a more realistic figure is $50 million.

Miami, from what I’m hearing, is comfortable with that range.

Because of Olivera’s medical history, the feeling is his market will settle around $50 million. Obviously, all it takes is one team to make a larger financial offer.

The potential offensive production Olivera could offer makes him attractive to the Marlins. And there is a belief he is big league ready right now, although he likely would start off at Triple-A at least for a little while after he signs.

Where would Olivera play? He can play first, second, shortstop and third. The Marlins are set at all four positions, but the team is looking to give first baseman Michael Morse a day or two of rest each week. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria also could get some periodic days off.

Playing time tends to work itself out over a long season.

Joe Frisaro

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