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Marlins have interest in Cuban second baseman, Hector Olivera

WASHINGTON -- While the pickings are slim for a second baseman on the pending free agent market, the Marlins might now have a fresh alternative worthy of consideration: Hector Olivera, a Cuban star who has recently defected.

According to this story in Baseball America, Olivera ranked as the sixth-best prospect in Cuba. And according to sources, the Marlins, who would like to upgrade at second base, definitely have interest in the 29-year-old player.

Olivero comes with questions. He sat out all of last year due to thrombosis in one of his biceps, but returned to play in Cuba this season, splitting time between second and DH. He hit over. 300.

Olivero still must go through the usual process of first establishing residency in a third country before becoming a free agent. But the belief is, according to Baseball America, he could be available during the upcoming offseason.