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Toronto Blue Jays LHP Darren Oliver is apparently homesick of his native Texas. Prior to the 2012 season, he signed a 1 year, $4 million contract to play for the Jays. His contract called for a $3 million club option for the 2013 season. Oliver had what was his best MLB season at age 41 last year, going 3-4, 2.06 in 61 games, with 52 Ks in 56 2/3 IP. The Blue Jays did what was expected when they exercised his option for the 2013 season, assuring him of the $3 million salary that was part of the contract.
Oliver has considered retirement for the past several seasons, going back to after the 2004 season, which did not see him pitch at all in the majors in the 2005 season. He was to retire if he did not make the Mets in 2006. Then again after his contract was up after 2 seasons with the Angels. Then again before he signed with Toronto. Now he claims to be upset with a contract he agreed to. In something that is very seldomly d
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Left-hander Darren Oliver's decision on whether to continue his career is more complicated than it might appear.
Oliver, 42, wants to play, but is not willing to return to the Toronto Blue Jays unless the team increases his salary from $3 million, according to major-league sources.
The reliever would rather retire than be away from his family for a salary that is well below...
The Blue Jays should round the bases plenty in 2013.Photo courtesy of Flickr user James G.
Toronto Blue Jays – Predicted Finish: First Place, AL East
As the 2012 season was nearing it’s end, we randomly assigned each Crackerjack some teams to cover for this set of previews. When I got the Blue Jays, I have to admit that I was less than excited.
Well, the Miami Marlins changed...
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is recovering
well from wrist surgery, as he’s swinging a bat at full strength and is ready
to go for the 2013 season, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Jose Bautista told us his wrist is doing great & he is swinging at full strength w/o pain...said ready to go...#SXM
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 4, 2013
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...
The Texas Rangers continued reinforcing their bullpen by signing veteran right-hander Jason Frasor, 35, to a one-year deal on Jan. 3. Frasor will receive a base salary of $1.5 million and will pitch ahead of new setup man Josh Lindblom, a right-hander who was acquired when Michael Young was traded to Toronto in December. The Rangers are in the process of replacing setup man Mike...
The Texas Rangers are still working hard at rebuilding their team after a rough start to the offseason. Part of their plan includes reinforcing their bullpen after losing relievers such as Mike Adams and Koji Uehara. Yesterday, the Rangers announced a one-year deal with Jason Frasor.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the Rangers and Frasor agreed to a $1.5 million...
The Texas Rangers and free agent Lance Berkman reportedly have agreed to a contract that will bring the DH to Arlington.
The Texas Rangers -- closing in on a new designated hitter -- are finalizing an agreement with free agent Lance Berkman, according to major-league sources.
The contract is expected to be for one year, and also might include a vesting option for 2014, sources said.
Berkman, 36, will need to pass a physical for the deal to become official. He injured his left calf and underwent two...
First baseman Lance Berkman agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Texas Rangers, ESPN reported Saturday. The deal could reportedly include a second year if Berkman gets at least 550 at-bats this year. Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan told Fox26 Sports in Houston on Friday that the club made Berkman an offer. "We are looking for a designated hitter and we feel like...
Lance Berkman will play in Texas this season. The veteran will play for the Texas Rangers after agreeing to a one-year deal.
With the Rangers, Berkman is expected to serve as the teams primary designated hitter. Berkman will make reportedly somewhere in the $10-11 million range. There is a vesting option for 2014 but it will require Berkman to have at-least 525 at-bats.
While it is widely believed he wanted to resign with the Houston Astros, budget issues seemed to have reached and impasse, and Lance will apparently sign with the next closest team geographically, the Texas Rangers. According to a @Ken_Rosenthal Tweet:
@Ken_Rosenthal Sources: #Rangers finalizing agreement with Berkman. Deal expected to be one year. Vesting option possible.
Public opinion of the Rangers’ offseason seems to have taken a negative tone — they lost Josh Hamilton to free agency, and were unable to lure Zack Greinke into their clutches. But despite these two misses the sky is most definitely not falling in Texas. Between its additions around the edges, its addition by subtraction and the trio of prospects that it will graduate to the...
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Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers were able to convince free-agent 1B/OF Lance Berkman to sign with the team, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sources: #Rangers finalizing agreement with Berkman. Deal expected to be one year. Vesting option possible.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 5, 2013
As you can see in the tweet above, it is expected to be a one-year deal...