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Monday, January 9, 2012
Darren Oliver: 'I wish them luck'

By Richard Durrett

Left-handed reliever Darren Oliver was hoping to play for the Rangers in 2012, but instead he's headed to Toronto on a one-year deal worth $4 million with a club option for 2013.

Oliver was in Texas the last two seasons. He was a workhorse in the bullpen and provided key veteran leadership as the Rangers won consecutive AL pennants.

"It will be tough not coming back, but I wish them luck and I'm sure they wish me luck," Oliver said. "I thought I would be back and everyone thought so too, but it didn’t work out. That happens."

Oliver, 41, was 5-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 61 games in 2011. That came after he had a 2.48 ERA in 64 appearances (61 2/3 innings) in 2010, which allowed him to vest his 2011 option with Texas.

Oliver will now head north of the border, playing for his ninth different team. He said he doesn't have much trouble making the adjustment to different clubhouses and organizations.

"Most of the time, we’re all trying to win and have a good time," Oliver said. "It's baseball. It's fun. Everybody knows everybody. You may not know them presonally, but you know of them. You get a connection in spring training. That’s why those six weeks are so important.

I always liked Toronto. Did I think I’d be playing there at 41? No. But stranger things have happened."