In the wake of his agreement– finally– to avoid retirement one more year, after the Jays exercised their contract option on him early in the off-season, Darren Oliver spoke on a conference call this evening with reporters, and also chatted briefly with Bob McCown and Stephen Brunt on the Fan 590's Prime Time Sports.

"When that article came out, actually I wasn't even in town," he said on PTS, after Brunt decided to go ahead and make mention of the elephant in the room. Which is true, as it was reported at the time the Oliver was on vacation. "I knew I was going to get blown up," he continued. "I thought, 'aww, man, that's not good right there,' becuase I didn't even say it. I don't think there was anything in that quote that said, 'Darren Oliver said he demands more money.' "

Pressed on it he explained, "I think… obviously he might have said something to one of the media outlets that reported it… maybe he just… I don't know why he said that. I mean, I wish I would have known he was going to say it, because I probably would have stopped him."