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Blue Jays hoping 42-year-old Darren Oliver will change his mind about retiring

Dec 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Despite posting a 2.06 ERA in 57 innings this year and a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past five seasons Darren Oliver is still leaning toward retirement at age 42.

Oliver first said that two months ago, although Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays are “holding out hope that will change in the coming weeks” and don’t expect “a final decision” from the left-handed reliever until January.

Toronto holds a $3 million option on Oliver for 2013 that has already been exercised, but Chisholm speculates that there’s some chance he could request a trade to a team closer to his home in Texas.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    A 42-year-old reliever on the cusp of retirement is just what the Astros need as they plod into the miasmatic world of reconstruction and designatedhitterball. Go for it, Houston!

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Actually, the Jays have already exercised the option.

    • bjbeliever - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      as mentioned in the article

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Not originally. Aaron changed it.

  3. thebigcaptain2011 - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Why?

  4. jaybird22seven - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    With the new additions to the Jays he would be crazy to want to leave for another team.

  5. husky2score - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I hope he changes his mind, too! Whenever he plays the O’s, he gets lit up!

  6. jaysjunkie - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    I commented on here earlier this year that I thought the Jays should have traded Oliver before the deadline because they were going nowhere and I thought he would have been a major help to a desperate contending team (even if it was just for a couple of months) and gotten something nice in return. Dude was practically lights out for virtually the whole season. Now I’m glad he’s still a Jay and really, really hope he plays one more season in Toronto.

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