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Darren Oliver’s deal: $4 million plus an option

Jan 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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Darren Oliver‘s signing with the Blue Jays — which we’ve known about for a while — was actually announced today, complete with terms: he gets $4 million for 2012 with a $3 million team option for 2013. There is a $500K buyout of that option, so his guaranteed money is $4.5 million.

Not bad for a 41-year old dude. Of course, he’s coming off his best year — a 2.29 ERA in 61 lefty-destroying appearances — so it was pretty certain that he was going to do well regardless.

  1. singingfriar - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I thought the Blue Jays fired J.P. Ricciardi…

  2. hardjudge - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    His signing with the Blue Jays was an answer to prayer for Ranger fans!

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    If you’re going to pay a reliever $4 million, Oliver’s as good a bet as any setup guy.

    • 78mu - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      I like Oliver because he’s not just a LOOGY. He’s not going to get a three inning save but then again he doesn’t have to automatically come out when they send up a right-handed hitter.

      It must be great to be a left-handed pitcher and know you can probably pitch long enough for your grandchildren to see you play. I was at the game Oliver shutout the Padres when Gwynn was going for his 3,000th hit and McGwire was going for his 500th homerun. And he’d already been in the big leagues for more than 5 seasons.

  4. SmackSaw - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    If a kid is left handed, can keep himself in relatively decent shape and can throw strikes, he can become a multi millionaire. He’ll also be able to pitch as long as he wants to,

  5. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I know he is a LHer, but it seems like an awful lot for him. I guess it just goes to show that a dollar doesn’t buy what it used to (or 4.5 million of them in this case).

    • Mark - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      4.5M seems like a lot for a guy who has averaged a 2.52 ERA over the past 3 years in 185 2/3 IP? Along with an 8.4 K/9 and a 2.3 BB/9? Guys like that typically get closer money. This is a pretty good value for one of the better relievers in the game.

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