Does AJ Really Really Really Like Hector?

AJ Preller likes Hector Olivera. Not only did he watch on the field in showcases and private workouts in the Dominican Republic, he went to his house for some QT and things have even gotten physical. Now the question becomes how much does AJ like Hector? Does he really like him? Does he really really like him? Does he really really really really really like him, Carly Rae Jepsen style?

AJ’s liked a lot of guys this winter, but they’ve fallen into two groups: guys he’s liked, and guys he’s really really liked. For guys he’s liked, there’s been a limit. Jung Ho Kang, Yasmany Tomas, Pablo Sandoval, Yoan Moncada. AJ liked those guys. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, and James Shields he really really liked, and he went out and got them. Relationship status: in a relationship. When AJ swipes right, he swipes for keeps. Or something. I’m married, so I don’t do Tinder.

With reports that the Padres were preparing a $50 million offer for the nearly 30 year old Cuban 2B/3B Olivera, the only question that’s left is how much AJ likes Hector, or maybe does another team really really like him more? The Dodgers like Hector too, and so do the Braves and a bunch of other teams.

Olivera is now said to be mulling offers in the 4 to 6 year range. He didn’t really like his trainer Rudy Santin, so now he’s represented by Greg Genske of The Legacy Agency. What was a “shit show” may now be coming to a quick conclusion.

But when? My guess is Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday, everybody’s looking forward to the weekend. But which seat will he take? And what’s up with Tom Hanks doing music videos for tween pop? Carly Rae Jepsen is 29? Well, that makes me feel a little better. Hey, that’s the same age as Hector Olivera! I guess that’s reason enough for this post to exist.

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  • Brian Stoops

    You know more about Tinder than this 23 year old does. Still am never quite sure which swipe directions denotes like/dislike.

    As for Hector, I’ve got some cautious optimism. I’m all for adding talent, but I think AJ’s shown a pretty big mishmash compiling of talent thus far, and that really worries me. I guess my point is that I don’t know where Olivera fits. The Marlins are reportedly viewing him as a guy who can “play all four infield positions,” but I don’t buy that he could stick at shortstop, even amidst the desperate clamoring of fans who think they’d be a better shot.

    I know it’s been a short spring so far, but I’m enthused with both Middlebrooks’ and Alonso’s production. I’m not sure who, of the two, I would expect to keep it up, but I’d like to see both of them have a shot, as they’re both formerly high ranking prospects currently on the cheap. I’m happy to see Preller showing his guns in his area of expertise, but I’m not sure Olivera is the best guy to spend money on.

    2ยข. Nice article. Had no idea Jepsen was 29. Can she play SS?

    • Nathan Veale

      I actually saw her play a celebrity softball game during All-Star festivities, and I think it’s safe to say that she’s not an option, not even up against Amarista and Barmes.

      We know that Preller traded for Middlebrooks, but we also know that all he gave up for him was a player he traded for a few hours earlier. It was a solid buy-low gamble, and Middlebrooks might pay it off, but Olivera is potentially a top of the order bat, with a high contact rate and good power, and if Preller sees him as a 4-5 year near sure thing, I’m in.

  • Sac Bunt Chris

    “Never date someone you don’t like-like” -Gene

  • Friarfanatic

    Alright here is my question. I am seeing him listed as a 2B/3B everywhere, but shortstop is a position where the Padres really need to upgrade. So is there any possibility Olivera can play SS? or would that be shoehorning him in and would shuffling the rest of the lineup be a better decision?

    I know I’m taking a bit of a leap here assuming Middlebrooks or Solarte will end up working out at 3B. Also hoping good ol Jedd ends up being the hitter he had shown flashes of.

  • ballybunion

    Well, it’s now Friday the 13th, Hector is still thinking, and the Dodgers are rumored to be bidding $77 million, but wanted another MRI and were turned down. Does AJ have a “this far and no farther” tag on Olivera, or are these all Brian Williams stories?