How much will each pitch that Darren Oliver tosses cost the Jays in 2012?

When the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they had signed 41-year-old reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year, $4-million deal in January, I thought they overpaid for a left-hander who will only be called upon to face one or two batters per outing.

Yesterday, I decided to get my calculator out to approximate how much the Jays will pay the ageless southpaw for each pitch he throws this season. To see the results, follow this link to my Sympatico blog entry: http://www.thecheapseats.ca/2012/02/is-toronto-blue-jays-reliever-darren-oliver-really-worth-480192-per-pitch.html

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Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.

4 thoughts on “How much will each pitch that Darren Oliver tosses cost the Jays in 2012?

  1. I was, and remain excited at the prospect of Oliver coming out of the Jays’ pen (and the fact that he hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2005), but when examining per-pitch cost, $4 million does seem, as you say, “exorbitant.”

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