According to a post at Rangers MLB.com reporter TR Sullivan’s blog, Postcards From Elysian Fields, Jays fans may have seen the last of reliever Darren Oliver in the club’s spiffy new uniforms and, more upsettingly, may soon be no longer able to daydream about the man who calls himself Black Magic appearing in Jays attire on one of those classic Costacos Brothers posters from the 80s.
Oh, that was only me?
Well… uh, anyway, Sullivan believes that Oliver, who posted a fabulous 2.06 ERA and 2.95 FIP last year, “is still likely to retire in order to be with his family and his home in Tarrant County [Texas]. But he might still play one more year if the Blue Jays are willing to trade him to the Rangers.”
It’s an understandable line for Oliver to take, I suppose, but a disappointing one, as a Jays fan. And one that may still offer the club the opportunity to get some value out of him– assuming, of course, that Sullivan has his information correct. Not only might the Rangers be interested in working out a deal, provided they’re assured he’ll pitch, but they also need catching help, and have been keeping an eye on the Jays’ surplus.
The Jays “may not be eager to trade a catcher,” he writes, citing their stated plans for JP Arencibia, John Buck and Travis d’Arnaud, “but they also have Bobby Wilson. So if they get the right offer for Arencibia, they could be willing to do it while starting the season with Buck as the starter and Wilson as the backup.”
So… there’s that. Now commence fanciful plans to get starters the Rangers totally won’t trade!
(Crotch grab in the direction of the commenters on the post below for the link.)