Left-hander agrees to one-year contract

Updated: January 29, 2004, 7:59 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Darren Oliver agreed Wednesday to a $750,000, one-year contract with the Florida Marlins, a deal contingent on the left-hander passing a physical.

Oliver, 33, went 13-11 with a 5.04 ERA in 33 games and 180 innings for the Colorado Rockies last season.

He's expected to get the final spot in Florida's rotation until right-hander A.J. Burnett completes his rehabilitation from reconstructive elbow surgery. Burnett, who tore a ligament last April, is hoping to rejoin the team by Opening Day, but May is a more realistic target. Once he returns, Oliver would go to the bullpen.

The Marlins' rotation is also expected to include left-hander Dontrelle Willis and right-handers Josh Beckett, Brad Penny and Carl Pavano.

Oliver has an 84-76 career record with a 5.02 ERA in 11 seasons with the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Rockies. He has won at least 10 games four times and went 14-6 for the Rangers in 1996, his best season.

His deal allows him earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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