Darren Oliver’s wife gave him permission to play next season

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Darren Oliver has been contemplating retirement, but the 41-year-old reliever’s wife has given him permission to play in 2012.

“Darren’s wife has given him her blessing to go wherever he thinks he has the best opportunity to win a ring,” agent Jeff Frye told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. “She wants him to have a chance to go out on top.”

I’d normally make a “that’s what she said” joke now, but it doesn’t really work when that’s actually what she said.

Oliver earned $3.25 million this season and was very effective for the Rangers, tossing 51 innings with a 2.29 ERA and 44/11 K/BB ratio. And since moving to the bullpen full time in 2006 he’s posted ERAs of 3.44, 3.78, 2.88, 2.71, 2.48, and 2.29.