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Dodgers Add Cuban Player Hector Olivera For 62.5 Million

The Dodgers added infielder Hector Olivera to their already Cubariffic team in a 62.5 million dollar deal. This includes a 28 million dollar signing bonus. Olivera was part of the silver medal winning team that played int he 2008 Olympics and hit .313 in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. It’s a bit of a mystery how he got to the United States but I imagine the Dodgers aren’t asking too many questions. Though Cuban immigration laws in the United States is certainly a controversial subject, it certainly plays into the hands of MLB organizations. They don’t have to contend with the immigration headaches of their Dominican or Panamanian players. If a Cuban sets foot in the United States they get to stay. So, however he got here, he’s good. Unfair, sure. Do the Dodgers mind? Nope.

The Dodgers already have several Cuban players in the roster. Outfielder Yasiel Puig, infielder Alex Guerrero, and shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena are all recent additions. As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to thaw you are going to see many more Cuban players defecting to the U.S. On the island, if you are REALLY good, you live a little better than most but you still have to have a day job and struggle to get by. Who wouldn’t trade that for 62.5 million dollars? Capitalism trumps socialism once again.

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