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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hector Olivera To Sign With Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters

Former Major Leaguer Hector Olivera has signed a contract with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, reports Robert Murray of FanRag Sports (via Twitter).

The 32-year-old Olivera hasn’t played since early in the 2016 season thanks first and foremost to a domestic abuse arrest and conviction that caused clubs to steer clear of him even when he was effectively available for nothing. Then a member of the Braves, Olivera was arrested in April 2016 and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a woman who was reportedly hospitalized and had visible bruising. He was sentenced to 90 days of jail time, though he seemingly only served 10 of those days as the other 80 days of the sentence were reportedly suspended by the judge.

Olivera is technically still being paid on the six-year, $62.5MM contract he signed with the Dodgers — one of the most ill-fated signings not only in recent memory but in Major League history — and will continue to be paid under that contract through the 2020 season.


Friday, May 05, 2017

Eric Gagne signs with Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks

Former Cy Young award winner Eric Gagne has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, a source confirmed to SB Nation on Friday.

Gagne, 41, is attempting a comeback in affiliated ball after appearing with team Canada in March’s World Baseball Classic. He has not appeared in the majors since 2008, when he was with the Brewers.

“He’s signing [with Long Island] with an eye on getting back with an affiliated club,” agent Scott Leventhal said. “Multiple clubs will be watching him closely.”

Gagne has been publicly linked to the Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays since announcing his comeback attempt, and has been working out at the Dodgers’ facility at Camelback Ranch.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2017 at 10:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
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