Come on over Oliver

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.  

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3 comments

  1. Christine

    I just just read on the MLB page that the Blue Jays have re-aquired Jason Frasor and have already signed him to a 1 year deal. The article was posted about an hour ago (3:15ish EST). So Yay!!! A closer in Santos, solid relief in Frasor and Oliver – the future is looking good for the Jays!!

  2. Benny, the Brewer Fan

    It is really good that they are going out and trying to fix that problem. You know that your organization is strong when you can identify an issue like this and find some way to patch it up.

  3. This is a very simple game...

    Enjoy Darren Oliver! He’s one of the guys I think the Angels were absolutely stupid not to go to arbitration with at the end of 2009. Yes he’s 41 but he’s a usually unflappable, reliable prescence on the mound and a leader in the bullpen. I think this was a great signing by the Jays.
    — Kristen

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