Hector Olivera’s suspension doesn’t fully clarify future with Braves

022516 LAKE BUENA VISTA: Braves outfielder Hector Olivera bats during spring training at Champion Stadium on Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Braves outfielder Hector Olivera will see his suspension by Major League Baseball end Aug. 1 but his future with the team remains uncertain. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Major League Baseball has weighed in for presumably the final time on the Hector Olivera situation: His indefinite suspension for alleged domestic violence now has an official finish line of Aug. 1, which effectively amounts to 82 games.

The fact MLB’s decision came down before Olivera’s case in the Arlington County (Va.) court system is resolved is a little curious but it’s in line with how the league has operated in its new domestic violence policy. It also suggests MLB officials expect Olivera’s case to be finalized on or before July 11, which is when he is next scheduled to appear in Arlington County District Court on misdemeanor assault charges, stemming from an alleged incident with a woman in April during a Braves’ road trip to Washington

While Olivera’s case appears headed toward resolution, his future with the Braves is less certain. The fact he remains an unproven commodity and is signed through 2020 (with salaries totaling $32.5 million, including $8.67 million this season), makes him relatively untradeable. Yes, I say that even though the team found a way to trade Melvin (B.J.) Upton (packaging him with one of the team’s most valuable assets, closer Craig Kimbrel).

Olivera hit .211 in six games (21 plate appearances) before the alleged assault. He has played only 30 games in the majors, hitting .245. He will be allowed to participate in extended spring training activities during the suspension and becomes eligible for a rehabilitation assignment July 15. But the Braves’ plans for him are unclear — and they had no interest in making them clear Thursday.

The Braves’ statement: “The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s decision regarding Hector Olivera.  The Club will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”

But Olivera has a difficult road ahead of him, not merely in proving his worth as a player at the age of 31 but processing the public scrutiny and potential verbal abuse he will be subjected to as a result of all this.

This statement from commissioner Rob Manfred will forever be on his resume: “My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Hector Olivera violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on April 13, 2016.  Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Olivera violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension…”

The Braves the Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood and prospect Jose Peraza in a three-team trade for Olivera. The odds remain against the Braves looking good in this deal.

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Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

The Braves should make a statement on August 2nd and settle Olivera's contract. Write a check for whatever part of the $32 million he is owed and get him out of an Atlanta Braves uniform.If the player's union has any real integrity they would let the Braves use a morals clause to void Olivera's contract. But that would set a precedent for really penalizing criminal behavior,

reckingball
reckingball

Aren't the Dodgers responsible for a portion of Olivera's salary?

About 6 to 8 million of it? And won't the total about due to him, be reduced by half of this year's pay, because of the penalty?

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@reckingball The Dodgers are out a $28 million dollar signing bonus to Olivera ,this should have been a huge red flag to Hart/Coppy that they were taking on a player with major issues. The Dodgers would not throw away a $28 million dollar investment in a player for Alex Wood, Peraza , Avilan and Jim Johnson.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Whatever happened to morals clauses in contracts?

Seriously.

Cut bait. No money lost by investor.

CoppySucks
CoppySucks

Wont matter, when they finally figure out he cant play and cant be traded, like the rest he will end up getting cut and the Braves eating the rest. Its the new way of doing business in Baseball. Idiots

EdwardVinson
EdwardVinson

Isn't there a "MORALS" clause in his contract that would allow the Braves to void it?

dputman
dputman

All the sunken money for an unproven 31 year old (maybe) player aside, I don't see how the Braves can bring Olivera back, at least not this season - this horrifyingly bad team has enough problems without the PR nightmare that having MLB's version of Ray Rice in the lineup would cause

ATLFan
ATLFan

It also seems that we are approaching a point, which I am labeling the "Uggla Line", where the amount of money we're paying ex-players exceeds the amount we are paying current players!

ATLFan
ATLFan

You know, all we've heard the past 2 years is that Frank Wren messed up the organization so bad that it had to be blown up. That's the reason we have the worst record in the league right now. But this one had nothing to do with Frank Wren, and I think it contributed a lot to our poor performance. Time for the new FO to accept some responsibility.

UGA76
UGA76

Before anyone boils me in hot oil, I'm not defending what Oliveras is alleged to have done.  However, this type behavior is becoming more frequent and will continue to escalate as this country brings in more and more people from other countries with little to no effort to assimilate them into our culture.  Many European cultures still consider women as possession to be treated as they wish.  The Latin cultures are even tougher on women's rights.  And the Muslim invaders are abhorrent.  My question is how much effort did the Braves organization commit to help this young man learn the socialital rules of this country? 

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

"Personal responsibility and accountability"

BenMishra
BenMishra

Maybe we can trade wisler to get someone to take Oliveira

Big Wally
Big Wally

That Coppy, he sure is a shrewd one.

BTC
BTC

You might want to proofread your concluding paragraph...

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Who says Liberty Media is a bunch of cheapskates ? Coppy flushes $32 million down the drain and still has a job.In addition to the $15 million+ paid to Bourne/Swisher, the likely $10 million + when Coppy moves Markakis and last and least The ? $million when Coppy DFA's Aybar.

Savga13
Savga13

@Buschleaguer Soooo true!  Between Coppy & Hart's personnel moves and the trades for sooo many pitching "prospects"...then the throw away money.....I am not sold on their ability to build the future of the Braves.  It will be at least 2 more years before they have a consistently competitive team.


I hope they prove me wrong!

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@DawgNole @Savga13

Yeah. it will be another 50 years of futility. Heck,the Cubs will win a world series before the Braves. and the Cleveland Browns will win a Super Bowl before the Falcons, Vanderbilt will win a NC before the Dogs. Is that enough future futility for you.

DawgNole
DawgNole

"The odds remain against the Braves looking good in this deal."

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That's getting to be an all-too-familiar--and highly accurate--assessment following the Braves' bungling of yet another "deal."

KDEN306
KDEN306

@JeffSchultzAJC this trade has to be the top 3 or 4 dumbest in braved history of not m l b history.. How did this guy get 28 mil out of la?

KDEN306
KDEN306

@JeffSchultzAJC this trade was a joke from the start but it's no longer funny ..the Dodgers saw the braves coming !