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Heyman notes that Olivo asked for his release from the Reds and the team granted him his request. The veteran backstop is now a free agent.
Olivo spent the 2012 season with the Seattle Mariners, hitting .222/.239/.381 with 14 doubles and 12 home runs over 323 plate appearances. He was Seattle's regular catcher in 2011, and he's been a starter for several clubs during his time in the majors. Over 11 seasons in the bigs, the 34-year-old owns a career batting line of .241/.275/.418.
Following Olivo's release, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported that the catcher was drawing interest from the Miami Marlins. Frisaro is now saying that the catcher is a "strong candidate" to return. He spent the 2006-07 seasons with Miami.
Miami is attempting to determine which backup catcher it will enter the regular season with, and there are several options -- in-house and outside the organization -- that they could move forward with.