The San Diego Padres are positioning themselves as a favorite to land Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, showing a willingness to spend significant money after strong-but-failed attempts to sign Cubans Yasmany Tomas and Yoan Moncada earlier this offseason, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The market for Olivera heated up Tuesday, with the Padres considering an offer upwards of $50 million, according to sources. The Atlanta Braves, Oakland A's and Los Angeles Dodgers remain in the mix, with the former two balking at the potential price tag and the latter still weighing whether to enter the foray aggressively.
San Diego's salvo is another assertive move from first-year general manager A.J. Preller, who has remade the team this offseason with an un-Padres-like spending spree. While he increased San Diego's star power and profile by adding starter James Shields, along with sluggers Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Derek Norris, the Padres' infield remains its weakest spot.
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