Héctor Olivera (baseball)

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Héctor Olivera
Héctor Olivera 2010.jpg
Los Angeles Dodgers
Second baseman
Born: (1985-04-05) April 5, 1985 (age 30)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Héctor Olivera
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  Cuba
Summer Olympics
Silver 2008 Beijing National team
Baseball World Cup
Silver 2007 Taipei National team
Silver 2009 Nettuno National team
Intercontinental Cup
Gold 2010 Taichung National team
Pan American Games
Bronze 2011 Guadalajara National team

Héctor Olivera (born April 5, 1985) is a Cuban baseball player in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He was part of the Cuban team which won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1] He plays second base.

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Cuban career[edit]

Olivera played for the Santiago de Cuba team in the Cuban National Series from 2003 through 2014 and hit .323 with 96 home runs and 433 runs batted in for them.[2] He missed the entire 2012-13 season due to a blood disorder, which also limited him defensively during the 2013-14 season.[3]

In addition, he played for the Cuba national baseball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2007 and 2009 Baseball World Cups, the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

American career[edit]

Olivera defected from Cuba in September 2014, to pursue a career in Major League Baseball,[4][5] establishing his residence in Haiti.[3] His potential drew many scouts to his showcase in the Dominican Republic, where he was said to be in good physical condition with a quick bat and above average power.[3]

On March 24, 2015, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for six years and $62.5 million, including a $28 million signing bonus.[6][7] His contract also reportedly includes a clause that would allow the Dodgers to add on a seventh year for $1 million if Olivera requires Tommy John surgery. This clause was the result of several MRIs that showed Olivera had a minor UCL tear. [8]

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