The fact MLB's decision came down before Olivera's case in the Arlington County (Va.) court system is resolved is a little curious but it's in line with how the league has operated in its new domestic violence policy. It also suggests MLB officials expect Olivera's case to be finalized on or before July 11, which is when he is next scheduled to appear in Arlington County District Court on misdemeanor assault charges, stemming from an alleged incident with a woman in April during a Braves' road trip to Washington
While Olivera's case appears headed toward resolution, his future with the Braves is less certain. The fact he remains an unproven commodity and is signed through 2020 (with salaries totaling $32.5 million, including $8.67 million this season), makes him relatively untradeable. Yes, I say that even though the team found a way to trade Melvin (B.J.) Upton (packaging him with one of the team's most valuable assets, closer Craig Kimbrel).