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Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 5:22 pm
 
Darren OliverBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with 41-year-old left-hander Darren Oliver, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has learned.

Oliver spent the last two years in Texas, going 6-7 with a 2.40 ERA with three saves in 125 games over the last two seasons as the Rangers advanced to the World Series in back-to-back years.

Oliver appeared in 61 games for the Rangers in 2011, plus another eight postseason games. He started the 10th inning of Game 6 of the World Series, giving up back-to-back singles with the Rangers ahead by two runs and three outs away from the team's first World Series title. He exited after Kyle Lohse's sacrifice bunt put the tying run in scoring position. That run would eventually score in the team's 10-9 loss in 11 innings.

The Blue Jays currently have just two left-handed relievers on their roster, Evan Crawford and Luis Perez. Perez, a rookie in 2011, appeared in 27 games with a 5.12 ERA. Crawford, 23, hasn't pitched above Double-A and was placed on the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule V Draft.

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Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:13 am
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Thank you very much  Toronto BlueJays for getting Oliver off our hands. Hope he pitches well for ya'll.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Um, that was one outing, and even Roy Halladay lost a must win game in the playoffs. It could happen to anyone, but luckily one play or one outing does not tell the whole story. This guy was solid for a long time leading up to that bad inning, and although it was the most important inning of the season, I have no doubt he did his part to get the team as far as they got.



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Godo Grief!! Sign  A Guy Who Helped Blow A World Series???

Things must be desperate in Hogtown for the Jays to sign 41 year old lefty Darren Oliver. He put 2 men on with none out in the 10th and Rangers needing 3 outs to win the World Series. Rangers blew it for second year in a row. Oliver is a weak but cheap choice to bolster a black hole in the Jays bullpen. Except for Santos, the Jays have struck out in the trade market this winter and look to finish fourth again in the AL East.   




Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

I have always liked Edwin and would also like to see the Jays take a chance on signing him.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:58 am
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Darren will probably be the "situational" lefty while Perez will probably be the "long-relief" lefty....thats how I see it going down.  I know they want to find another right hander but I hope they use Janssen in the set-up role, I'd like the Jays to take a flier on Edwin Jackson or Rich Harden for the back of the rotation or long relief.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:37 am
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Perez was looking good at the end of last season.  Does this make Oliver the Jays back up lefty?



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:13 am
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

I agree with your comment that MLB needs more lefthanded pitching.
I think the last great one was Randy Johnson.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:58 am
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Darren Oliver is the perfect example of why lefties are in such high demand. He can pitch till he's 50.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:45 am
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

Well, hes not gonna be the closer, and he sounds like he will be a good lefty specialist for the Jays' Pen. The price wasnt that much, it seems like one of those great value deals from AA. Another one of those surprise deals that nobody saw coming, thats just how the Jays work...



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:43 am
 

Blue Jays agree to deal with LHP Darren Oliver

A solid add to the bullpen. Sure Oliver is 41, but he can still do an above average job as a lefty specialist, and that was one of the most important things the Jays needed to add this offseason. I hope to see AA add one or two more arms for the bullpen, but it wouldn't be as bad as most people think if they went into the season with this group, and a bunch of youngsters.

I wouldn't mind if they re-signed for a smaller deal. He didn't have his best season last year, but he's been a solid bullpen arm in Toronto for several years. 

After that, obviously the Jays have a need for a starting pitcher, and I think we'll see something happen before the season starts, though I doubt it'll be . Only time will tell with Anthopoulos, but I think people overall are being too tough on the front office. Let the whole offseason play out, and then reserve your right to complain ;).  


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