Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns in 2014 as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets ( i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown on Tuesdays with the number seven and work all the way to number one. Inspired by the current free agent market, this week’s countdown looks at the best Mets signings under $1 Million since 2000. Today we continue the countdown with relief pitcher Darren Oliver.
Darren Oliver joined the New York Mets in 2006 on a one year deal worth 600,000 dollars. Oliver entered spring training trying to win a job out of the bullpen. Oliver's career was at a cross roads entering the 2006 season. Oliver had missed the entire 2005 season with injury, and at age 36 his career appeared to be in its twilight years. What few people realized, however, was that Oliver would save his career in 2006.
Oliver earned a spot out of the team's bullpen in 2006, and he did a little bit of everything for the Mets. Oliver served as a set up man, long reliever, and middle man for the Mets in the 2006 season. Oliver went 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA for the Mets, and he was a valuable contributor to the team's postseason roster. Oliver served as the team's mop up man when Steve Trachsel had a short outing in the National League Championship Series. Oliver was considered for the start in Game Seven of the NLCS, but the Mets chose to go with Oliver Perez instead.
While Oliver only pitched for the Mets in 2006, his stint in Queens extended his career. Oliver earned a three year contract with the Los Angeles Angels after the season, and he was very successful there as well. Oliver then proceeded to pitch with the Texas Rangers for the next two years, and made his first two World Series appearances those years. Oliver finished his career by pitching in Toronto the last two years, retiring after the 2013 season. Oliver managed to parlay a one year deal with the Mets into another seven years pitching at the major league level.
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