ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 03: Pitcher Darren Oliver #28 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Earlier this offseason, free-agent Darren Oliver said he wants to make 2012 his last season, and the 41-year-old indicated he wanted to do it with the Texas Rangers. It appears his wish will be fulfilled, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who says the reliever appears to be headed back to the Texas Rangers. Heyman also mentions the Boston Red Sox are in play, but "Dallas is home" for Oliver - who has spent the last two seasons with the World Series runner-ups.
Even at the seasoned age of 41, Oliver continues to be a reliable option out of the bullpen against lefties and righties. The sixteen-year veteran perhaps had his best season in 2011, posting a 2.29 ERA, 7.8 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 across 51 innings of work in relief.
Oliver, 41, started his career with the Texas Rangers after being drafted in the third-round and will be able to finish it there as well.