San Francisco Giants Sign Veteran Catcher Miguel Olivo
The Giants signed veteran catcher Miguel Olivo to a minor league contract. Olivo will be 37 next year, but hit fairly well in the Mexican League last year.
In case you have forgotten, Olivo got himself run out of the MLB system in 2014, when while playing for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes in the Dodgers’ system, he bit off part of the ear of Dodgers’ prospect Alexander Guererro, a Cuban defector the Dodgers had signed to a four-year $28 million free agent deal, in a dugout fight.
Needless to say, it wasn’t a good career move on Olivo’s part, who at age 35 was trying to hang on to a professional career. I remember at the time thinking it was hard to believe that a player that age with that much professional experience would do something that crazy no matter how angry he might have been in the moment.
I’m a little surprised any MLB team would give Olivo another shot at his age and given this history. However, if there is one team in baseball that’s willing to let bygones be bygones to a guy who bit off part of a Dodgers’ prospect’s ear, that team is would have to be the Giants.