Braves reportedly have tried to trade Olivera (who has zero value)

 

Braves general manager John Coppolella (left) and manager Fredi Gonzalez sit in the dugout at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. before speaking with the media after outfielder Hector Olivera was arrested when a woman accused him of assault and battery. (AP photo)

Braves general manager John Coppolella (left) and manager Fredi Gonzalez sit in the dugout at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. before speaking with the media after outfielder Hector Olivera was arrested when a woman accused him of assault and battery. (AP photo)

Please allow me to switch from one depressing Atlanta pro sports story (Hawks) to another — although the subject matter of this story is so pathetic, it’s actually kind of funny.

The Braves reportedly are shopping Hector Olivera. Well, of course they are. Because what team wouldn’t want to take a chance on an overpaid, unproven, 31-year-old player from Cuba who also has assault and battery charges hanging over his head? And did I mention he was hitting .211?

Jeff Passan of Yahoo reported Monday that the Braves have been trying to trade Olivera since his arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman in a Washington D.C.-area hotel during a road trip two weeks ago. Olivera is currently on a mandatory paid leave of absence, per MLB policy. It’s not known when he’ll play again.

Passan quoted two unnamed sources on the Olivera issue in his “10 degrees” notes column. The item included this excerpt: “One executive whom the Braves queried about any interest in Olivera (said): ‘I can’t believe they even asked.”

No kidding. To suggest Olivera’s market value is down would be an understatement. He has had only 98 major league at-bats and is hitting .245, including .211 this season (4-for-21). The Los Angeles Dodgers paid his $28 million signing bonus but the Braves are responsible for approximately $32 million in salary for five seasons (through 2020). So any team acquiring Olivera would be risking paying a lot of money for a player who probably won’t produce quickly (if ever), given his legal entanglements and a lack of major league experience.

The Dodgers made the strange decision to deal Olivera only two months after outbidding other clubs for him and were willing to pay the bonus. That should have set off warning bells. But the Braves, in need of improving their lineup, traded starting pitcher Alex Wood and prospect Jose Peraza to L.A. as part of a three-team trade with Miami.

Even with Wood currently struggling with the Dodgers and Peraza since traded, this deal has the potential to be a disaster for the Braves, given the financial commitment to Olivera, and that Wood and Peraza were young and modestly paid and had upsides.

Then again, when a team is 4-14, it’s not like there’s a lot of good news.

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Indydawg
Indydawg

This franchise.... Geez....


Zapp
Zapp

I find nothing unusual with this story with the terrible team management has created.  They have a manager that doesn't, but he does make out the list of players for each game.  I railed on Bobby Cox for years for being too set in his ways, but now I wish he was still managing.  The Braves probably wouldn't be that much better, but at least he knew how to handle pitchers with his rocking sidekick.

bwhitley
bwhitley

Only 1 of many terrible trades the Braves front office has made,it really makes you wonder the thoughts and preparation that is made to trade proven Major League talent for a unknown player who has not been a proven talent.

Gman84
Gman84

They tried to sell us on the fact that because of bad contracts, they had to tear the team down to the frame. Then they take on another albatross.

Crappy needs to sell stupid somewhere else. Atlanta sports fans have had a lifetime of it.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Seems to me I remember the Braves organization getting rid of Joe Torre because of a DUI Ticket! The Dodgers really put one over on the Braves with Olivera. The Dodgers got a starting pitcher and the Braves got a $30 million singles hitter with female abuse issues. What in the world were the Braves thinking??

College Park Guy
College Park Guy

Is it possible to do something similar to what Arthur Blank did with Vick?  Basically try to recoup some of Olivera's money based on some "conduct" clause?  I know...I'm searching.

CTATTER
CTATTER

The Braves should: 1. Void Olivera's contract; 2.  Not pay him more than 1 thin dime; Classify him as an illegal alien; and 4 Send him back to Cuba where he belongs via a One-Way BOAT ticket.

Big Wally
Big Wally

That Coppy, he's a sharp one.  He'll be the first to tell you so.

Johnnie L. Jenkins
Johnnie L. Jenkins

I wonder when Cobb county will trade the Braves. The curse of Chief Knock a Homa lives.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

The Braves need to cut him and eat his salary. He deserves to be cut and the Braves should feel some pain for being stupid. I guess they'll have to make the 26 floor Applebee's a few floors shorter.

Alex Mindev
Alex Mindev

Financial nightmare again...Dan Uggla 2.0 if they trade or release him. Guaranteed contracts are killing pro baseball and the ability of teams to be competitive in the long run.

TheBystander
TheBystander

Hang on to Olivera because he has no trade value. You will still have to pay him. Let him talk to Hank Aaron or some other mentor figure and see if he can get his act together in the minors

Nowayjose9
Nowayjose9

Nice that in pro sports, you can get arrested, miss work and still get your ridiculous overvalued paycheck. Well, the owners are morons. And the fans are for going to games and paying these clowns.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Nowayjose9

The owners are doing what any business owner will do...gladly take your money!

The Fans are 100% responsible for financing this crime scene known as the Atlanta Braves.

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

This Braves Ownership and Admin....are brilliant


Wouldnt you say?

Kwajbraves
Kwajbraves

Trade was ill advised from the beginning and now they are about to eat another bad contract.  Bon appetite.  Maybe the can package Vizcaino with him just like they did with Kimbrel. 

Kelly Keaton
Kelly Keaton

Anyways to drop him for breach of contract?

Kelly Keaton
Kelly Keaton

Should have kept Wood and Peraza could have dealt Peraza for some value

Joe Whitfield
Joe Whitfield

He was promised as a savior for the Braves...are we giving up on him already? Geez I hate these people who make these decisions!

Lavon Odom
Lavon Odom

I agree with you but here's hoping that there's another bunch of idiots, I mean visionary owners out there that will want him!

Lavon Odom
Lavon Odom

At this point who cares! They wanted crap and got it! Haven't watched a game this year and have no plans to.

lighteredknot
lighteredknot

What are the facts in Olivera  domestic assault? At age  31 and a rookie he certainly is not worn out.  Being of a dark complexion, one is always entitled to several more chances?

slydawg
slydawg

Tim Tebow and Drunk Manziel. Nuff said

Big Wally
Big Wally

The arrogance of the front office strikes again.  The 3 John's think they are the best baseball minds in the business.  Far from it.

patriotdog
patriotdog

Hindsight is 20-20, but the fact that the Dodgers would let him go should have 'set off bells', indeed. So, Hart fleeced Arizona twice and LA fleeced Hart once. Stan Kasten, a part owner of the Dodgers, is still laughing about that one.

And the hope of the sports fan in Atlanta continues to swirl around the bowl of ineptitude on the way to the septic tank that is Atlanta sports.

MD1977
MD1977

Even us plain, ole' ignorant fans knew this was dumb... a 30 year old rookie with no major league experience getting that kind of contract?? We spent the past 1.5 years unloading guys just to get out of bad contracts... and now this!!??

Why did the scouts and front office think this was a good idea?? This guy must have naked pics of the Dodgers AND Braves front brass!!

Hey Coppy, if you're listening... I'm only 38 with no major league experience, but I think I have a couple good years left in me... Give me a shot; I bet I can do as well as some of these guys!!

Ben Gunby
Ben Gunby

It was a dumb trade from day one. Now it's just a disaster.

DawgNole
DawgNole

Just the latest in the seemingly endless procession of mind-boggling "deals" fashioned by this hapless franchise.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Olivera was worth every penny - demonstrating very convicingly the new regime is blowing smoke at the fans. They roasted Wren publicly and incessantly for his signings yet their signings and trades are - what? Hopes and prayers and blatant bad deals.

Michael Mitten
Michael Mitten

I'm beginning to wonder if other teams are paying Liberty Media to keep ownership in the Braves due to the outstanding job they are doing with them. smh It's hard to imagine a company from Denver really caring about a team in Atlanta.

Robert Weaver
Robert Weaver

Coppy & Cox get the blame on this trade. They didn't know he was a thug but they knew he was an unproven 30 year-old rookie player.

Michael Bryan
Michael Bryan

Just an aside here, Schultzie, but we poor readers of the AJC have to switch from one depressing sportswriter to another all of the time, with you and Bradley...

DawgNole
DawgNole

He's not making up stuff about the city's pitiful sports teams, you know.

What truly must be depressing is having to cover those sorry excuses for competitors.

Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho

Can't blame the messenger for all the depressing news!

Nathan Parks
Nathan Parks

The Braves are pretty much stuck w/ damaged goods. If it were me, when he's eligible to play again, I would send him all the way down to Single-A and make him work his way back up the ladder again (if he even can).

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Your honor, may I present Exhibit A. This is why the corporation that owns the Braves will be highly disinclined in the future to make these kinds of deals in the first place, or make trades that shift these kinds of contract obligations to the Braves. Hopefully, there is an "assaulting women" (and other criminal stuff) clause in the contracts some where that will allow the Braves to skate on the big bucks still owed . . . we'll just have to wait and see. 


So, if you are dispassionate corporate CEO, senior officer, high level manager, etc. that happens to have an MLB team as one of its many "assets" - and one that has doubled in value (after shedding millions of dollars in player contract obligations), you are going to take future risks like this because why? 


You are going to drive the wrong way down the one way corporate street to success for just one of many corporate assets - an asset whose future financial success will not depend on those kinds of risks, those kinds of capital outlays and obligations? An asset that will be the anchor of a big, new, sexy, fantastically located, mixed use real estate complex? No. You won't. 


Freddie Freeman and his big pay check will be traded away late this year or early next year. Why keep that kind of pay roll obligation around in the first place for team designed to lose big and be the worst team in baseball, which it currently is? It would have been one corporate PR bridge too far prior to the season, but now he is not doing so well, his value may be dropping, and it is prime time to make a move.Corporate PR definitely has its ear tight to the ground for this one. Freddie (with a big sigh of relief, no doubt) has probably already agreed to go wherever they can make the best deal for him. And who could blame him? 


The new reality in Atlanta Braves baseball is upon us.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Ficklefan

The "new reality"???

Nothing new about it. ZERO championships in 50 seasons, with one fluke exception--and that was two long decades ago.

THAT is the reality, and it's pretty damn old to me.

Philip Brown
Philip Brown

I have such faith in the so called rebuilding project underway when this is the crap that we acquire. Brilliant move. 32 million dollars for a guy with 100 ABs? Way to go.

David Tanner
David Tanner

this is why i no longer watch pro sports, bums like this making millions while us taxpayers pay for new stadiums every 20 years

DawgNole
DawgNole

If everyone stopped voting, a clear message of disgust would be sent to the egotistical liars we call politicians.

Adam Keith Williams
Adam Keith Williams

Politicians take your money and misappropriate it too. Gonna stop voting?

DamonH
DamonH

I think one of the bad marks the current Braves FO gave Wren were bad contracts ... not really starting the new regime off swimmingly I guess. 

BlawgDawg
BlawgDawg

So, is it safe to assume this knucklehead's contract has no clause that relieves the Braves of financial responsibility in the event said knucklehead runs afoul of the law?

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

The Braves wouldn't be the Barves without an albatross contract or two, now would they?

ATLFan
ATLFan

We are rapidly getting to the point where we're paying more to our ex players than our current players.