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Athletics rumors: Oakland a "notable presence" at Hector Olivera's third showcase

The Cuban infielder remains on Oakland's radar as he continues to impress as spring training approaches.

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The Athletics were "among those with [a] notable presence" at Hector Olivera's third showcase game, tweets Baseball America's Ben Badler from the Dominican Republic air force base. With the A's, Badler also noted scouts from the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres. This will be Olivera's final open showcase, Badler reports.

Badler sighted Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and Vice President of Baseball Operations Josh Byrnes in attendance. The presence of high-ranking officials can at least partly be ascribed to MLB's international showcase in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, which Badler also attended. In an interview with bloggers on Sunday, A's assistant general manager David Forst noted that assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz and director of professional scouting/baseball development Dan Feinstein were headed to the Dominican Republic that day.

With recent changes to U.S. and MLB policy regarding the requirements to be considered cleared of federal government economic sanction restrictions, Olivera effectively only needs to be declared a free agent by MLB to become eligible to sign. This declaration is expected shortly, Badler tweets.

Ben Badler offered some observations on Olivera's successful day on the Dominican diamond: