The Pirates acquired lefty Dana Eveland from the Blue Jays for righty Ronald Uviedo, according to a press release. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was first to report the Pirates' impending acquisition.
Eveland, 26, posted a 6.45 ERA, 4.2 K/9, and 5.4 BB/9 in 44.6 innings for the Blue Jays before being designated for assignment on May 23rd. The Jays had acquired Eveland in February from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Before the '06 season, Eveland was ranked seventh among Brewers prospects by Baseball America – one spot before Nelson Cruz. BA likened Eveland to David Wells in terms of his build and pitchability. A statement from Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated Eveland will join the team's rotation.
Uviedo, a 23-year-old Venezuelan, has a 3.22 ERA, 11.3 K/9, and 4.8 BB/9 in 22.3 relief innings this year for the Double A Altoona Curve. Baseball America ranked Uviedo 18th among Pirates prospects heading into the '09 season. BA described him as rail-thin and homer-prone, but praised his fastball and slider.