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UPDATE: Darren Oliver, Blue Jays reach a one-year deal with a club option for 2013

Dec 30, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE: T.R. Sullivan confirms the deal. It’s a one-year deal with a club option for 2013.

3:14 PMEvan Grant reports that Darren Oliver is poised to sign with the Blue Jays.

The terms are still unknown, but Oliver made $3.25 million last year and all he did was have the best season of his career at age 41.  And of course he’s a left hander, and lefty relievers all have Lazarus Pits that help them live forever, so he may as well sign a ten year deal. Dollar-for-dollar, it will probably work out better for the Jays than A-Rod’s is for the Yankees.

  1. theonlynolan - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Not if this magical German knee surgery works as well as the Yankees hope.

  2. cur68 - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Lazarus Pits?? I read that and all I could think of was armpit stains that refused to go away. I’m not sure if I’m dumber or smarter now that I read the wikipedia link…

    As to Darren Oliver, if used for one or two outs in key situations then he’s a plus signing. If they plan to throw him out there for 2+ innings like they used to do with Dotel then I’m bracing for a long and disappointing season.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      The Jays need a lefty in the pen and Oliver is a perfect fit for their needs. The stealth GM strikes again.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:52 AM

        The Jays would not have signed Oliver under the old CBA as they would have lost a draft pick. Under the new CBA signing Oliver does not cost them a draft pick.

  3. tn16 - Dec 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    He helps the jays
    But they still need a starter and a bat to fit in the 4-5 slot

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      The stealth GM is still working the phones. Would you be satisfied with King Felix or Lincecum?

  4. missthemexpos - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    The best part of this signing is the fact that Oliver has been in the playoffs six straight years, with three different teams. Is this a harbinger of October baseball in 2012 for the beaver boys?

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Thje Jays appear to have signed another lefty (Aaron Laffey) to a split contract. The Jays did need some left handers in their pen.

  6. shukey11 - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Thank you for the batman reference made my night

  7. tn16 - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Trey could never get the king or goldy lokes

  8. hardjudge - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    And all the Ranger fans say “an answer to our prayers.”

  9. hushbrother - Dec 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Once again, why did Wash take out Feliz and bring in Oliver for the 10th inning of Game 6?

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