Miguel Eduardo Olivo Peña
(born July 15, 1978 in Villa Vasquez
, Dominican Republic
) is a Major League Baseball catcher
for the Seattle Mariners
. He bats and throws right-handed
Olivo was originally signed as an undrafted free agent
by the Oakland Athletics
in and played in the A's minor-league system through . In December 2000, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox
for Chad Bradford
, an episode recounted in a chapter of the popular baseball/business book Moneyball
, although Olivo was mentioned only in passing.
He made his major league debut on September 15, 2002 with the Chicago White Sox
and played 6 games that year. He was traded from the Sox to the Seattle Mariners
in June along with Jeremy Reed
in exchange for Freddy Garcia
and Ben Davis
. After struggling with the Seattle Mariners
he was traded to the San Diego Padres
in for minor leaguer Daniel Mateo. A year later he was traded to the Florida Marlins
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In 2007, he had the lowest fielding percentage of all NL catchers (.986.)
Olivo is known for picking off baserunners, as he is 2nd in the majors with most successful pickoffs, only behind St. Louis Cardinal's catcher Yadier Molina.
He and Rod Barajas have the 2 lowest career OBPs(On base percentages) for active major leaguers.
Olivo was not offered a new contract by the Marlins and became a free agent on December 12, 2007. On December 27, 2007, Olivo signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City......