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Source: Oliver nears deal with Rangers

Updated: December 22, 2009, 12:35 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Free agent reliever Darren Oliver has reached a preliminary agreement with the Texas Rangers on a one-year, guaranteed $3.5 million contract, according to a baseball source. The deal includes a vesting option for 2011 that could increase Oliver's overall payout to $6.25 million, the source said.

Oliver, 39, will have to take a physical exam before the deal becomes official. An agreement is expected to be announced early this week.

A source with knowledge of the deal told ESPNDallas.com ...

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