Dodgers to sign Cuban Fernandez

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to sign Cuban right-hander Pablo Millan Fernandez to an $8 million minor-league contract, according to Baseball America.

Fernandez, 25, was primarily a reliever in Cuba, where he had a 2.83 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 19 walks pitching for Holguin last season. The signing is exempt from penalties imposed on teams that exceed the international bonus pools.

The Dodgers have also continued to negotiate with the representative for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, according to a source. Like the Fernandez deal, signing Olivera would not be subject to bonus-pool restrictions because of Olivera's professional experience and age; he is 29.

The Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics have also been linked to Olivera.

Fernandez, who figures to start his Dodgers career in the minor leagues, established residency in Haiti after leaving Cuba.