Free Agent reliever Darren Oliver wants more money if the Toronto Blue Jays are going to bring him back. However, wanting more and getting more are two different things altogether. The Blue Jays have already spent a lot of money this offseason, and they may not be willing to shell out too much more to bring back a 42-year old reliever.
Oliver performed well for the Blue Jays last season, and that is part of why he feels he deserves a raise. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says Oliver has considered retirement, but he would be willing to comeback if the Jays give him a higher salary. Rosenthal said:
The reliever would rather retire than be away from his family for a salary that is well below market value, sources say.Oliver made $3 million last season and posted a 2.06 ERA in 62 appearance. He has five-straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00. In his career, Oliver has posted a 4.53 ERA, but that is largely bloated because of his time as a starter. As a reliever, Oliver has a career ERA of 3.13.
Oliver has been in the league for 19 years. He has been effective, but at 42, it's hard to tell what he may have left in the tank. In 2012, Oliver stayed healthy while the rest of the Blue Jays' pitching staff crumbled and landed on the DL. That's a quality Toronto needs going forward. They may consider the raise, but it's still hard to imagine them giving Oliver much more than $3 million for the 2013 season.