The Blue Jays signed left handed relief pitcher Darren Oliver to a one year deal with an option for a second year. We’re pending a physical so the financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet. Oliver just turned 41 but he had a solid season for the Rangers the last two years when they’ve made the World Series.
He had 44 strikeouts and 11 walks in 51 innings. He doesn’t have a big platoon split either so while he’s not death on lefties, he’s also good against right handed hitters so he’s a guy you can throw out there for a full inning rather then using him as a true LOOGY. One concern is his workload has come down the past few years. He threw 51 innings and that was the fewest frames since 1995.
Still, this is a solid pickup and he should help out the pen. He’ll most likely be used as the team’s set up man along with Casey Janssen.
Leading up to the posting for Yu Darvish, it seemed like the Jays were being mentioned as the favorite but they came up short to the AL champs, the Texas Rangers. The auction was secret so we’ll never know how close they were but the Rangers got him for a record $51.7 million.
Alex Anthopoulos was one of two general managers to travel to Japan to look at Darvish and the Jays seemed interested in the pitcher for a while. It’s just too bad they didn’t go a little higher. Darvish would have been a nice addition to the Jays staff.
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