Oliver Returns to Texas, Signs With Rangers

Pitcher played with the Anaheim Angels last season.

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    Reliever Darren Oliver and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2011.

    After spending the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Oliver starts his third stint with Texas. The 39-year-old left-hander began his career with the Rangers, pitching for them from 1993-98. He was back with Texas from 2000-01.

    Oliver was 5-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 63 games last season. His deal includes a $3 million salary next year and a $3.25 million option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout. The second year of the contract would become guaranteed if Oliver makes 60 appearances next season.