Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Updated: January 29, 7:59 AM ET
Left-hander agrees to one-year contract
MIAMI -- Darren Oliver agreed Wednesday to a $750,000,
one-year contract with the Florida Marlins, a deal contingent on
the left-hander passing a physical.
Oliver, 33, went 13-11 with a 5.04 ERA in 33 games and 180
innings for the Colorado Rockies last season.
He's expected to get the final spot in Florida's rotation until
right-hander A.J. Burnett completes his rehabilitation from
reconstructive elbow surgery. Burnett, who tore a ligament last
April, is hoping to rejoin the team by Opening Day, but May is a
more realistic target. Once he returns, Oliver would go to the
The Marlins' rotation is also expected to include left-hander
Dontrelle Willis and right-handers Josh Beckett, Brad Penny and
Oliver has an 84-76 career record with a 5.02 ERA in 11 seasons
with the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and
Rockies. He has won at least 10 games four times and went 14-6 for
the Rangers in 1996, his best season.
His deal allows him earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses.