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 market value, sources say.
Oliver's wife, Melissa, and sons, Brock, 12, and Maxwell, 10, live in the Dallas area. Oliver, who pitched for his hometown Texas Rangers from 1993 to '98, 2000 to '01 and 2010 to '11, would welcome a trade back to the Rangers, sources say.
As it stands, he would be taking a significant pay cut with the Blue Jays coming off the best season of his career. The Jays, according to sources, want Oliver back, but are over budget and unwilling to extend their payroll further.
Oliver agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million free-agent contract with the Jays last January, figuring that he likely ...