Tuesday March 10th, 2015

The Atlanta Braves have offered a contract to Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.

Olivera, who turns 30 in April, was declared a free agent by MLB last week and will not be subject to the international signing rules. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that Olivera's agents expect him to receive a contract worth at least $70 million.


Olivera has played 10 seasons for Avispas de Santiago in Cuba's Serie Nacional. In his last full season in 2013, he batted .316 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs in 73 games. Olivera has also been a member of the Cuban national team. He defected from Cuba in September to pursue a career in the majors.

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The Braves signed Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a four-year, $6 million contract in January.

Atlanta opens the regular season on April 6 against the Miami Marlins.

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