Oliver signs one-year, $3.665M contract

Updated: January 16, 2009, 7:28 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Lefty reliever Darren Oliver avoided salary arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, signing a one-year, $3.665 million contract with the club.

Oliver's agent, Mike McCann of the Franklin-Frye-McCann group, confirmed the signing.

Oliver joins leadoff hitter Chone Figgins as the second Angel this week to avoid a salary arbitration hearing. Figgins agreed to a one-year, $5.775 million deal on Wednesday.

Oliver, 38, has a 101-82 record in 15 seasons in the majors. He was a valuable contributor for manager Mike Scioscia last season, posting a 7-1 record with a 2.88 ERA in 54 appearances out of the bullpen.

With Oliver and Figgins under contract for 2009, Ervin Santana, Robb Quinlan, Mike Napoli and Maicer Izturis are the only Angels still eligible for salary arbitration.

Jerry Crasnick covers baseball for ESPN Insider.

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