Marlins eyeing Olivera, not shopping any starters

JUPITER, Fla. — Cuban infielder Hector Olivera remains a possibility to sign with the Marlins.

Miami is among the frontrunners for the 29-year-old, who reportedly also is being courted by the Dodgers, Braves, Padres, A’s and Giants.

The belief is Olivera is sifting through his options. Miami’s is willing to offer a seven-year package in the $50 million range. There has been speculation that the Dodgers had a $77 million offer on the table, but within Miami’s organization, the belief is that figure is not accurate.

While the Marlins are awaiting a decision by Olivera, the club is not shopping any of its starting pitcher. The objective remains to keep them all.

Some teams have checked in with the Marlins on other players, but the team hasn’t been approached about any starting.

Dan Haren has pitched well in three Spring Training starts, giving up two runs in nine innings. Miami has no intention to trade Haren, who is being looked at as a key part of its rotation.

Lefty Brad Hand is out of options, and is competing for the fifth starter spot. If he doesn’t make the rotation, he could be moved to the bullpen.

Andrew McKirahan, a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs’ system, is being given a long look to make the squad as another lefty relief option. There is a chance Miami goes with McKirahan, Hand and Mike Dunn in the bullpen. But that would be if they carry 13 pitchers, with eight relievers. That idea is being given serious consideration.

Joe Frisaro

1 Comment

I just dont understand why, of all the cuban players that have come out, would this be the guy the Marlins go after like this? He is easily the oldest, has a bad injury history/possibly currently injured, doesnt have a defensive position, and the spots he “plays” are covered by multiple options, even after the terrible Dee Gordon trade. The only team in this that makes less sense for him is the Dodgers

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