The Los Angeles Dodgers have added another player from Cuba, agreeing to a $62.5 million, six-year contract with infielder Hector Olivera, agent Greg Genske said Tuesday.
The agreement includes a $28 million signing bonus, Genske said.
Olivera, said to be 29, was on the Cuban team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. He also played for his country at the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he hit .313 and played second base.
He will have some company as he joins an organization that already has a strong Cuban presence with All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig, infielder Alex Guerrero and shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was recently optioned to the Dodgers' minor-league camp.
Olivera's deal will cause a $4,173,333 increase in this year's luxury tax for the Dodgers, who pay at a 40 percent rate at the payroll amount over $189 million.
There's not a lot of information about Olivera. He possesses a quick swing and a good hitting approach, according to Baseball America's website. The website said Olivera missed the entire 2012-13 season in Cuba because of a blood disorder.
The Dodgers have Jimmy Rollins penciled in to start at shortstop and Howie Kendrick at second base. Guerrero is attempting to make the team as a utility infielder.
Marquis goes 6 innings; Mesoraco homers for Reds
Jason Marquis pitched six effective innings for the Cincinnati Reds, and Ryan Rua drove in four runs for the Texas Rangers as the teams played to a 6-all tie in 10 innings at Surprise, Ariz., on Monday night.
Marquis, who did not pitch in the majors last season after 2013 elbow surgery, allowed two runs and six hits.
Devin Mesoraco and former Louisville standout Chris Dominguez each hit a two-run homer for the Reds.
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey, recovering from September surgery to repair his right forearm flexor tendon, will make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Brewers.
Around the majors
Cubs: Mega-prospect Kris Bryant hit his spring-leading ninth home run in a 14-2 loss to the A's. The 23-year-old has nine homers in only 28 at-bats. He's batting .464 and slugging 1.500, with a .531 on-base percentage.
Dodgers: Los Angeles will rest starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for two weeks to see if it helps ease the discomfort in his left shoulder. Ryu, who turns 28 on Wednesday, was bothered by shoulder issues last season. He went 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA.
Angels: Mike Trout, last year's AL MVP, hit his second triple of the spring and raised his Cactus League-leading average to .462. An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, Trout chatted with Eagles Coach Chip Kelly in the clubhouse after leaving the game against the Rangers.
Twins: Minnesota gave second baseman Brian Dozier a new contract, covering his eligibility for salary arbitration in the coming years. Dozier agreed to a $20 million, four-year contract. Last season, he batted .242 with 23 homers, 33 doubles and 71 RBI.
Rays: Tampa Bay will honor former longtime senior adviser Don Zimmer by retiring uniform No. 66 before its April 6 season opener against Baltimore. Zimmer spent 11 years with the Rays, from 2004-14. It was his longest stint in his 66 years with 14 major-league teams as a player, coach, manager or adviser. Zimmer was 83 when he died on June 4, 2014.
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start the season opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York. Sabathia is coming back from season-ending knee surgery in July.
Indians: Manager Terry Francona acknowledged it was unlikely that Nick Swisher would be ready for opening day. The 34-year old Swisher has been making steady progress in his return from August surgery on both knees.
Spink Award-winning writer Peters dies at 75
Nick Peters, a former Spink Award winner who covered the San Francisco Giants for 47 years and loved to mentor young writers, has died. He was 75.
Both the Giants and Peters' former employer, the Sacramento Bee, announced that he died Monday at his Northern California home after a long illness.
From Hall of Famers Willie Mays to Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda, to more modern stars such as Barry Bonds and Tim Lincecum, Peters was a staple in the press box at Seals Stadium, Candlestick Park and AT&T Park.
Peters — nicknamed "The Greek" — received the Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 2008.