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Signs with indy ball team
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May 30, 2017
Olivera signed a contract Tuesday with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com reports.
Olivera was a much-ballyhooed signing out of Cuba back in the spring of 2015, when he landed a six-year, $62.5 million contract from the Dodgers. He never lived up to expectations on or off the field, slashing .245/.296/.378 over 108 career plate appearances with the Dodgers and Braves before he was charged last April with misdemeanor assault and battery. The Braves later dealt him to the Padres last July in a salary dump, but he was waived shortly thereafter. Olivera served an 82-game suspension for the assault charge and won't be subject to further discipline should he return to affiliated baseball at some point, but the 32-year-old will need to prove his worth on the independent circuit before organizations take another look at him.