He may be 41, but it appears as though Darren Oliver is coming back for at least one more season, this time with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Despite the fact he somehow continues to defy age, Oliver has actually been one of the more effective relievers in the game the last few years. He posted a 2.29 ERA in 61 games for the American League champion Texas Rangers, all without much fan fare.
The terms aren’t yet public, but considering he made just over 3 million last year, I don’t imagine he’ll get much more this year. All in all, a great pick up for the Jays.
Paired with new closer Sergio Santos, the Jays have revamped the back end of their bullpen. I’m not sure how much better that’ll be than Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel and Jason Frasor were, but on paper it looks good. Given the struggles Toronto had closing out games last season, anything different is worth a try.