Cuban free agent Hector Olivera’s new agent, Greg Genske, says his client will sign soon, writes FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (all Twitter links). Genske also says that he and Olivera are weighing several possible multi-year deals. Rosenthal notes that the level of interest in Olivera indicates that there’s little concern over a report that Olivera has an elbow injury, although the signing team would likely perform a physical on Olivera before completing the deal even if Olivera signs with one of the many teams that have already given him an exam.
The Dodgers, Braves, Padres, Marlins, Athletics and Giants have all shown interest in Olivera. The Marlins reportedly made a $53MM offer to Olivera, then withdrew it after hearing the Dodgers’ offer was $77MM. (As MLBTR’s Steve Adams notes, it’s not clear the Dodgers actually made such a huge offer.) The Braves and Padres have also reportedly made hefty bids. The Braves were expected to meet with Genske yesterday. It’s widely expected that Olivera will sign shortly despite rumors of his health issues and his recent change of representation. Olivera is widely viewed as being big-league ready and might be able to start immediately at second base or third base.