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Monday, April 11, 2005

Diamondbacks - Signed Oliver

Arizona Diamondbacks - Signed P Darren Oliver to a minor-league contract.

Woo!  With the flurry of previews almost done, I can get back to transactioning.

Oliver was in the running for the 5th spot in the rotation with the Rockies.  When it was clear he wasn’t going to get a starting job since the Rockies had better options (as a supposedly rebulding team under Dan O’Dowd Plan #451C), he asked for and received his release.  Brad Halsey is the candidate most likely to eventually lose his spot to Oliver (as Shawn Estes is VETERAN~!), so the Bee Man will be watching Halsey’s start tonight against the Rockies very closely.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 11, 2005 at 03:19 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dr Love Posted: April 11, 2005 at 03:37 PM (#1247332)
Well I guess that gig as a beekeeper didn't pan out so well.

I want to be a beekeeper. I want to keep bees, I don't want them to get away. My father was a beekeeper before me, his father was a beekeeper before him, I wanna walk in their footsteps. And their footsteps were like this... *running footsteps* "Help! I’m covered in bees!"
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 11, 2005 at 03:53 PM (#1247362)
Estes is just about the only starter who might be worse than Oliver, so on that level I guess it makes sense.

Still a bad idea, though.
   3. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: April 11, 2005 at 04:00 PM (#1247384)
This has nothing to do with Oliver, but Sherlock Holmes was a beekeeper during retirement.
   4. Toolsy McClutch Posted: April 11, 2005 at 04:13 PM (#1247419)
A bee bit my bottom. Now my bottom is bit.
   5. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 11, 2005 at 04:25 PM (#1247447)
I like my coffee like I like my women, Dr. Love. COVERED IN BEES!!!
   6. Dr Love Posted: April 11, 2005 at 04:51 PM (#1247522)
Are you calling me a woman?

I will fight you, but first I must go to my car...
   7. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: April 11, 2005 at 05:16 PM (#1247577)
Darren Oliver clearly wasn't white enough for the Rockies. I mean, did you see the lineup they had yesterday? 1 through 9, whiter than the Republican National Convention.

</cheap shot>
   8. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2005 at 05:32 PM (#1247627)
You just can't have too much veteran presence.
   9. Dan Fords cousin Posted: April 11, 2005 at 05:52 PM (#1247694)
D-Backs Fanatics:
Who is the closer-in-line after Lyon? Aquino is down, so who should I pick up in my fantasy league as the closer-in-waiting?
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2005 at 05:54 PM (#1247707)
Billy Koch?
   11. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2005 at 06:01 PM (#1247728)
koch is a good bet. so is darren oliver.
   12. The definitely immoral Eric Enders Posted: April 11, 2005 at 06:03 PM (#1247741)
Diamondbacks - Signed Oliver

So, levski, still think the DBacks will finish within 20 games of L.A.?
   13. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2005 at 06:09 PM (#1247768)
July 29, 2005:

AZ trades Darren Oliver to LA for Chuck Tiffany. Oliver becomes LA's top setup man with Gagne lost for the season.

What does a minor league signing have anything to do with end of the season standing? If AZ does finish 20 games back of LA, it won't be because they got Oliver to toil away in AAA for a few months.
   14. VeteranPresence.com Posted: April 11, 2005 at 06:29 PM (#1247890)
You just can't have too much veteran presence.

Word.
   15. Robert S. Posted: April 11, 2005 at 07:18 PM (#1248232)
I believe Arizona can safely start printing playoff tickets now.
   16. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2005 at 07:54 PM (#1248538)
I think they've started printing those tickets already, Robert. Joe Jr. is planning to use them to wipe his behind in the offseason.
   17. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2005 at 08:05 PM (#1248641)
I think they've started printing those tickets already, Robert. Joe Jr. is planning to use them to wipe his behind in the offseason.
   18. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2005 at 08:06 PM (#1248653)
sorry about the double post. i meant to insult joe jr. both times tho...
   19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 11, 2005 at 08:23 PM (#1248805)
As a more serious answer, I think the D-Backs' closer-in-waiting is presently Valverde. They won't go to him until he stops getting the ever-lovin' crap beaten out of him, though.
   20. Miko Supports Shane's Spam Habit Posted: April 11, 2005 at 11:54 PM (#1249321)
Darren Oliver clearly wasn't white enough for the Rockies. I mean, did you see the lineup they had yesterday? 1 through 9, whiter than the Republican National Convention.

It would have been even whiter if Luis Gonzalez hadn't spelled Aaron Miles at 2nd.
   21. Robert S. Posted: April 12, 2005 at 12:10 AM (#1249334)
I gotta think Koplove will eventually fall into the role for an extended period of time, barring a trade. He's the only healthy arm in the pen that can get outs. He's also a strictly one-inning pitcher.
   22. shoewizard Posted: April 12, 2005 at 12:24 AM (#1249348)
# Posted by Johnny Lechner is my definitely immoral hero on April 11, 2005 at 01:03 PM (#1247741)
Diamondbacks - Signed Oliver

So, levski, still think the DBacks will finish within 20 games of L.A.?


One more I get to say "HA!!" to at the end of the season.

So do you still think the D Backs can't even scratch out 720 runs this year?

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