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Angels interested in veteran left-hander Darren Oliver

Dec 22, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

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Anaheim apparently isn’t done spending yet.

According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Angels are looking to add a free agent reliever to their bullpen and have been in contact recently with the representatives for veteran southpaw Darren Oliver.

Oliver, 41, posted a 2.29 ERA and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 51 innings this past year for the Rangers, holding left-handed hitters to a .227/.269/.318 batting line. Texas has expressed interest in bringing him back, and a few other teams have been in contact.

The Halos already have two lefties in line for 2012 bullpen spots — Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi — but they’ve made moves of excess in other areas and may do the same in bolstering their relief corps.

  1. atlien698 - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    They can have him. Last I recall, he got lit up in the WS when Feliz should have still been in there.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      sounds like the manager’s fault. man, it only takes one poorly timed bad inning to erase an entire career for some people, huh

  2. kpow55 - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    I don’t care if they take him and make him throw batting practice, swiping 2 pitchers form a division rival is a smart move.

  3. lewp - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    How come everything the Angels do is golden, and everything the Rangers do is risky? Last I checked, the Rangers were the team in the WS for the American League.

    Oliver is very hittable, we Ranger fans can only hope he goes to the Halos so we can get even more hits.

    • kpow55 - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:07 PM

      Vernon Well was not “golden”
      Napoli making it to Texas was not “golden”…. for the Halos

      Beltre was “risky” as he could go either way, his Dodger days or his Mariner ways
      Hamilton is “risky” because…… not gonna bag on him but there’s always that 2% chance he reverts

      Both risks are currently paying dividends

      Pujols may be overpaid but it’s not my money and with the TV deal it doesn’t really handicap them. In the near future they will have a larger bandwagon as FOX and ESPN will now bow down.

      Oliver and Wilson are a risk for the Angels but if they suck, oops, if the light it up, better for you than a division rival.

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