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12/11/2006 6:20 PM ET
Angels agree to terms on one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Darren Oliver
Contract includes club option for 2008 season
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels Monday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent left-handed pitcher Darren Oliver in an announcement by Angels Vice President and General Manager Bill Stoneman. The contract includes a club option for the 2008 season. Per club policy, no terms of the contract will be released and the agreement with Oliver is pending a physical.

"We feel Darren is a solid addition to our ball club and adds a veteran presence to our bullpen," said Stoneman. "His versatility gives us an option as both a reliever and a spot starter."

Oliver, 36, spent the 2006 season with the New York Mets. He finished with a 4-1 record and 3.44 ERA (81 IP - 31 ER) in a career-high 45 games. Oliver allowed 70 hits, walked 21 and struck out 60. He ranked sixth in the NL and 11th in the major leagues in innings pitched by a reliever. Oliver limited opponents to a .231 average, including a .208 (22/106) mark against left-handed batters.

Originally selected by Texas in the third round of the 1988 free agent draft, Oliver owns a career 91-80 record with 11 complete games, four shutouts, two saves and a 4.98 ERA (1488 IP - 824 ER) in 351 games (228 starts). He has appeared in the major leagues with the Rangers (1993-1997, 1998, 2000-2001), Cardinals (1998-99), Red Sox (2002), Rockies (2003), Marlins (2004), Astros (2004) and Mets (2006). Oliver pitched for the Rockies, Diamondbacks and Cubs minor league organizations in 2005, before retiring May 21.

A native of Kansas City, MO, Oliver resides in South Lake, TX with his wife Melissa and sons Brock and Maxwell. He is the son of former major leaguer Bob Oliver, who spent part of his 11-year career with the Angels (1972-74).

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