There should be no debate over what to do with Hector Olivera, suspended 82 games (retroactive to April 30) without pay for violating MLB’s policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The length of the suspension, along with his decision not to appeal, tells you this was no misunderstanding, and the Braves should act accordingly by releasing him.
No one’s going to take him in a trade, not with $30.5 million owed to him through 2020. Voiding his contract would be problematic, but a message should be sent. It was a bad trade for a bad person. Time to end this sorry chapter.
On to tonight’s game, one of the few this year you expect the Braves to win. Only 10 pitchers have allowed a lower OPS than Matt Wisler. He’s opposed by the worst starter in baseball, Willy Peralta, who’s allowed 69 hits (8 HR) and walked 20 in 46-1/3 IP. His ERA after 9 starts: 6.99.
Of course, he’s facing the worst line-up in the game. Something’s got to give.