Blue Jays Close To Signing Darren Oliver

3:11pm: The two sides are still finalizing terms according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (on Twitter). He says it's unlikely anything will get done before next week given the holiday and the need for a physical.

1:07pm: The Blue Jays are close to signing Darren Oliver, reports Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Both Oliver and the Rangers were interested in a reunion, but the team wouldn't make any commitments due to the potential outlay for other players, namely Yu Darvish.

Oliver, 41, is a modified Type-B free agent per the new collective bargaining agreement, meaning the Rangers will receive a supplemental first round draft pick as compensation (tentatively #51 overall). The Jays would not forfeit a pick. The left-hander has pitched to a 2.40 ERA in 112 1/3 innings for Texas the last two years, holding lefty batters to a .212/.250/.306 batting line during that time. The Angels also expressed some interest in his services.

This post was originally published on December 30th.


Leave a Reply

84 Comments on "Blue Jays Close To Signing Darren Oliver"


DT Flush234
3 years 8 months ago

Good Pickup by the Jays. How much does Oliver have left in the tank is the question.

Infield Fly
3 years 7 months ago

That seems to be the question every year, but the man continues to go out and give some pretty decent long relief year after year. Hopefully this year will be the same.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 8 months ago

Like it!!

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Yes , was hoping for him as our loogy , not much else out there and he’s been rock solid. Guessing its a 1 year 3-4 million plus club option for like around 3.5 – 4.5 million with a 500k buy out.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

At 41 years old, his 4 best seasons from the best to 4th best are 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 8 months ago

like it… solid move

Howard
3 years 8 months ago

Oliver could be good on a 3.5million deal with an option possibly, we need another lefty specialist who faces just lefthanders and this could work out well. I think he def. has enough left for next year but should prob. retire after…

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

by darren oliver.. they mean prince fielder right?

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Sure, but about 1.5x older and 1.5x skinnier. 

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

and 100x more expensive

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

I think you mean less expensive. Unless you expect Oliver to sign for about $15 Billion.

Morley C
3 years 8 months ago

Ah, thanks for this. I genuinely laughed out loud.

Fstuffup
3 years 7 months ago

Pathetic

Morley C
3 years 7 months ago

Yep, math jokes are “pathetic”.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

durrr of course

Howard
3 years 7 months ago

BUT 100x more experience….. he reminds me of a Scott Downs but with more knowledge on hitters. 

3 years 8 months ago

I hope. 

seanb1223
3 years 8 months ago

Disappointed as a Rangers fan. Oliver has been solid.

Alex Mullen
3 years 8 months ago

don’t worry you can trade something to the Jays for him in July.

seanb1223
3 years 8 months ago

Maybe the Jays can get Napoli for him.

jedicouncil
3 years 7 months ago

like darvish…

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

I’d rather have Mike Gonzalez anyways.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Was holding out hope for an Angels reunion. Oliver is a great guy to have in the pen. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

so far jays pen

Closer- Santos
Setup LHP- Oliver
Setup RHP- Janssen
Carreno
Litsch
Villanueva
Perez

not bad. not great. but not bad
 

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 One more power righty or lefty and we’re in business.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure over the course of the year some starting pitchers will end up in the pen.

Mcgowan can’t have a full workload, so they’ll prob give him some starts then put him in the pen.

3 years 7 months ago

Its possible that Drabek ends up in the pen, with his great pitches, the bullpen could actually become really strong.

Closer- Santos
Setup LHP- Oliver
Setup RHP- Janssen
Carreno
Drabek
Villanueva
Perez

I would say that is a great pen, but im not sure about our lefties.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

 why would the jays move drabek in to a relieving role though?

3 years 7 months ago

Not yet ready to start? Seems unlikely, but back in Phil Hughe’s bullpen days he was solid. Not he’s a good SP.

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

I “liked” it.  Might tweak it by replacing Litsch with Chad Beck.  But, this involves trading Litsch.  Might not happen.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

beck does look good, but he seems more of a late innings reliever

I have litsch in there as the long man.

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

Yep…it makes more sense having Litsch as a long middle innings reliever. 

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

4th best in the division.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

bullpen wise? probably 2nd or 3rd actually

3 years 8 months ago

Rangers could have used him, but if it’s Darren or a 1st round pick…. Sorry bud. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

pick is in the 50’s

3 years 8 months ago

Oliver is also just about in his 50’s. There’s still plenty of talent left at that slot. 

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 You cant just say he’s almost 50 when he’s 41 , is someone almost 30 when there 21? lol 9 years is  a bit of a stretch when rounding up…

Morley C
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, but it’s in baseball years, which basically count as 5 years for each regular year once you hit 30.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Sooo you’re saying Oliver is 85 still throwing 90mph  and making lefites look silly? lol I’ll take that for a year or two.

Morley C
3 years 8 months ago

Yep. 85 in baseball years. Like dogs.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

You don’t seem to fully understand how valuable a top 50 pick can be in the hands on the Rangers.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Supplemental pick and Mike Gonzalez over Darren Oliver any day.

Howard
3 years 7 months ago

are you kidding? mike gonzalez isnt that great….. he use to be a pirates player remember? and orioles? lol

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Gonzalez does perfectly fine against lefties which is what Texas needs for their final relieve spot. I was thoroughly impressed with how Gonzalez played in a Rangers uniform last season. I’d be perfectly happy to have him be our lefty specialist and have our FO and scouts use this top 50 pick to get yet another top prospect.

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

Yep…smart moves by Rangers and Jays

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

Yep…I would take the 1st pick.

3 years 8 months ago

First Signing of the Yeeeeeeeeeaaaarrrrrrr!!!!! That’s not official.

Mark Beuerman
3 years 8 months ago

Jays sign 41 year old Darren Oliver….because he throws left handed and has a heartbeat…

Despite the sarcasm, I don’t mind this singing as I am sure the price is right.

3 years 8 months ago

close to signing Darren Oliver.

j6takish
3 years 8 months ago

He owns lefty’s, pitches well despite a notorious hitters park, and is not completely useless against righties. Very solid signing

3 years 8 months ago

good move. bullpen now shapes up as santos, janssen, oliver, villanueva, litsch, and carreno. still would be nice to add another lefty, but maybe they’re figuring on putting brett cecil in the pen. 

that shapes up pretty well imo. those top 3 are very tough, villanueva was lights out in the pen last year, litsch is very tough on righties, and carreno also looked good in his short stint (great slider). 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

carreno’s slider is for reals legit, I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in a starting role though

3 years 8 months ago

its so good that i think fangraphs has misidentified some of them as curveballs.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

he had a 6.7 h/9, 10.2 k/9 last year in new hampshire..

which is pretty ridiculous..

but his, 4.5 bb/9 is concerning as a starter, although it may be an outlier as for the most part he’s demonstrated much better control

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 I like Carreno as well , although im not sure who goes if another arm is signed? Litch?

3 years 8 months ago

i think litsch and villanueva are a bit redundant, so yea i could see one of them being left out should they add another.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

villanueva, in the pen last year was amazing. 

Jade Mcdermott
3 years 8 months ago

He is a legend need lefty out of the pen. Good signing

Zeeshan Merchant
3 years 8 months ago

Looks like Rogers is finally spending the dough

MadmanTX
3 years 8 months ago

Glad for the Jays and Oliver. Gonna miss his arm in the bullpen for the Rangers, but better to take the money when it is offered.

LA
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, Finally! I’m really excited for the season to start!

gs01
3 years 7 months ago

AA is GOD

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

i think you mean glod

LA
3 years 7 months ago

I think our Bullpen might be a little bit underrated…