Darren Oliver is 41 years old and a free agent, but the left-handed reliever is leaning toward coming back for a 19th season.
“After what happened this year, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Oliver told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I don’t think I want it to end like that.”
Oliver also has plenty of gas left in the tank, posting ERAs of 2.29, 2.48, 2.71, and 2.88 during the past four seasons. He’s quietly been one of the best middle relievers in baseball following a mediocre career as a starter.
That includes a 44/11 K/BB ratio and .236 opponents’ batting average in 51 innings for the Rangers this season and Oliver made it clear that he’d like to re-sign with Texas.
The Tigers announced on Wednesday evening that the club and shortstop Jose Iglesias agreed on a contract for the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration. Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that it’s a one-year deal worth $6.275 million.
Iglesias, 28, was eligible for arbitration for the third and final time, which means he can become a free agent after the upcoming season. This past season, he hit a light .255/.288/.369 in 489 plate appearances. However, both defensive metrics and scouts paint him as an above-average defender at shortstop.
The rebuilding Tigers are still reportedly trying to trade Iglesias. The club already traded veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler this offseason. During last season, the Tigers moved J.D. Martinez, Alex Avila, Justin Upton, and Justin Verlander.