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Darren Oliver wants to return in 2012

Our colleague, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, writes today that Darren Oliver wants to return for the 2012 season, which would be his 19th.

Where might he go? We'll see.

"Because the Rangers came so close to winning the World Series, Darren's wife has given him her blessing to go wherever he thinks he has the best opportunity to win a ring," said Jeff Frye, Oliver's agent. "She wants him to have a chance to go out on top."

Oliver, who turned 41 last month, was 5-5 with a 2.29 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 11 walks in 51 innings for Texas in 2011. He was one of the club's most consistent bullpen pitchers the past two seasons. And while lefties didn't fare well against him, he could also get righties out, making him much more than a situational lefty.

Oliver made $3.25 million last season.