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Oliver wants a raise ... or a trade

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08:14 AM ET 01.04 | When it comes to his return to the majors, lefty Darren Oliver remains in a bit of a jam. Oliver, 42, wants to play, but is not willing to return to the Toronto Blue Jays unless the team increases his salary from $3 million, according to major-league sources. The reliever would rather retire than be away from his family for a salary that is well below market value, sources say. Oliver's wife, Melissa, and sons, Brock, 12, and Maxwell, 10, live in the Dallas area. Oliver, who pitched for his hometown Texas Rangers from 1993 to '98, 2000 to '01 and 2010 to '11, would welcome a trade back to the Rangers, sources say. As it stands, he would be taking a significant pay cut with the Blue Jays coming off the best season of his career.

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January 4, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Honour your contract or enjoy retirement. I hope AA sticks to his guns, and if he does get moved, it's for at least a B level prospect. He has made 46 million in his career and has a chance to play on a much more talented club than last year!

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January 4, 2013  09:29 AM ET

This is a situation in which Oliver should be the one buying out his contract he sign to play for not asking for the Jays for a raise or a trade back to Arlington.

January 4, 2013  09:34 AM ET

I'm probably not the only one who had to open up this thread just to find out who the heck Oliver was. That's probably not a good sign for any player pushing a play me or trade me demand, let alone one who is 42.

January 4, 2013  11:48 AM ET

WGAF?

January 4, 2013  03:06 PM ET
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$3 million is "well below market value" for a 42 year old? You ain't Mariano, bud.

i guess he try to said, i would take a cut in salary ONLY if you trade me back to rangers, best thing is to be closer with family than get a big money from rangers,,

January 4, 2013  03:24 PM ET
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This is a situation in which Oliver should be the one buying out his contract he sign to play for not asking for the Jays for a raise or a trade back to Arlington.

oliver should stop this none sense and just suckup his playing time,,,,

 
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