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Yoan Moncada signing with Red Sox bad news for Hector Olivera to the Oakland A's

Can the Athletics still pull off a Hector Olivera deal with so many competitors?

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The unsuccessful suitors for Cuban super prospect Yoan Moncada are now free to spend that money elsewhere, now that he has signed with the Boston Red Sox for a $31.5 million signing bonus, plus the $31.5 million international spending penalty paid to MLB (Joel Sherman, NY Daily News). The bad news for the Oakland Athletics is that the Red Sox were not one of the suitors for Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera:

The teams considering Olivera that were in on Moncada were the Dodgers (Joel Sherman, NY Daily News), Yankees (Sherman), and Padres (Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports). The Mariners and Braves have been mentioned as suitors for Olivera (Jesse Sanchez, but have not been mentioned as a bidder for Moncada.

There has been nothing in the way of rumors from the A's camp on Olivera since assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz and special assistant Chris Pittaro were seen at Olivera's final showcase in the Dominican Republic on February 11 (Ben Badler, Baseball America). On February 17, Peter Gammons tweeted that there were five teams likely to offer over $70 million to Hector Olivera, though he did not specify which five.

The silence out of the Oakland rumors camp does not necessarily mean they are out on Olivera. The A's were the infamous mystery team that signed Yoenis Cespedes in 2012, and they could still be ready to swoop in, especially if Olivera's market collapses over concerns about his health.