Olivera, 31, has hit .211 (4-for-19) in six games for Atlanta this season. The right-handed hitter is currently on the restricted list serving an 82-game suspension from Major League Baseball for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
Now, it appears, Olivera will never even get a chance to wear a Padres jersey.
Why did the Padres trade Kemp for Olivera, only to end up sending Olivera off of their team?
Simply put, Kemp has not been a very effective player for the Padres but has been very expensive. By DFAing Olivera instead of Kemp, the team saves about $30 million in total.
While this news is in line with other moves the team has made, cutting salary and getting rid of veterans to clear a path for future success, it does not mean that Padres fans will see Hunter Renfroe (yet):