Pirates Acquire Dana Eveland

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.

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