Darren Oliver Looking for a Raise to Return to Blue Jays

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.

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2 Responses to Darren Oliver Looking for a Raise to Return to Blue Jays

  1. If anyone recalls, Oliver had just missed making the Mets roster in Spring 2006, and was all set to go home and retire. A last minute spot opened up and Oliver was brought back in. He proceeded to have a fantastic season, and a second career was born. With the 2006 Mets he appeared in the post season for only his second time, and first in 10 years. That has been followed by trips to the playoffs every year until last, including two World Series' with Texas, all while providing excellent situational relief to his teams. As per BR.com, he has amassed approx. 18 million in salary since his near retirement. Oliver has proven to be a real good guy who deserves to call his own shot now, but a Blue Jays WS ring would finish off his career real nicely at any salary, no?

    1. I forgot all about that. I do think a WS ring would be worth more than a few million more in salary to Oliver.


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