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How Darren Oliver Could Impact the Texas Rangers

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Darren Oliver #38 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the New York Yankees after relieving teammate Scott Kazmir #22 (Not Shown) during the fifth inning in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Angel Stadium on October 20, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
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Josh LevittSenior Analyst IOctober 1, 2016

Talk about coming full circle: 17 years after Darren Oliver began his career with the Texas Rangers, it looks as though Oliver will be returning to the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers are nearing completion of a one-year deal to add LHP Darren Oliver to the bullpen, two sources said Sunday night.

Oliver, 39, has been used as a reliever for the last four years and has found significant success in that role.

Over the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, he is 12-2 with a 2.79 ERA.

He has held left-handed hitters to a .247 batting average with a .286 on-base percentage during that time.

Oliver still lives in the area, and his agents met with the Rangers during the winter meeting.

At the time, Oliver was seeking at least the same salary as he made with the Angels in 2009 ($3.65 million).

The Rangers were believed to be in the $3 million range, but were waiting on a deal for Mike Lowell to be completed.

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