Report: Tampa Bay Rays Interested in Darren Oliver

This information from Comcast SportsNet:

INDIANAPOLIS --  The agents for veteran left-handed reliever Darren Oliver intend to meet with the Red Sox over the next few days as they seek to find a home for the veteran pitcher.

Oliver has already drawn interest from Toronto, Seattle, Tampa  Bay and the New York Mets.

As recently as last off-season Oliver was trapped in a Type-A bubble, given his age and the compensation necessary to sign him, no team outside of the Angels was willing to forfeit a draft pick for the 39-year-old.  Despite being an elder statesmen, Oliver has appeared in at least 50 games each of the past three seasons and pitched quite well, with xFIP of 3.92, 4.15, and 4.43. Oliver rarely allows solid contact despite a fastball that sits below 90, although he still packs more power than say, J.P. Howell. He throws with his left arm and misses some bats, plus he's useful against batters of both hands as over the last three years he's held lefties to a .717 OPS and righties to a .616 OPS (I guess he digs numerical palindromes too, eh?).  He figures to be in the Rays' price range.

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