Sources: Darren Oliver, Jays reach deal

Updated: December 30, 2011, 5:17 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Left-handed reliever Darren Oliver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays with a club option for 2013, pending a physical, sources confirmed Friday.

Oliver, who turned 41 in October, was a key member in the Texas Rangers' bullpen the past two seasons. He was 5-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 51 innings with two saves and 16 holds in 2011. That was after he pitched 61 2/3 innings and had a 2.48 ERA in 2010 for Texas.

Oliver also provided some veteran leadership for a young pitching staff after returning to the Rangers following three seasons with Anaheim. Oliver has had a total of three stints in Texas, including his time as a starter when the club made its first playoff appearance in 1996.

Should Oliver finalize the deal with the Blue Jays, the Rangers would receive a supplemental first-round pick in next year's draft.

The Dallas Morning News first reported that Oliver was discussing a deal with the Blue Jays.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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