Dana Eveland Rumors

Blue Jays Designate Dana Eveland For Assignment

The Blue Jays designated Dana Eveland for assignment, reports MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.  If he clears waivers, Eveland says that he will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The lefty was pitching successfully until he faced the Red Sox on May 11th.  Prior to that, the 26-year-old had a 3.82 ERA in six outings.  However, he has a 16.39 ERA in his last three starts.  

This marks the second time that Eveland has been designated for assignment in 2010 as the A's DFA'd the hurler back in February.  Prior to being acquired by Toronto, the Diamondbacks and Mariners were reportedly interested in his services.

Eveland May Not Be Long For Toronto’s Rotation

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports that Dana Eveland "might be pitching on a start-to-start basis at some point" given that the Blue Jays have several potential starters with longer-term futures with the club soon coming off of the disabled list.  Eveland is out of options, which is part of the reason why he was designated for assignment by the A's in February and dealt to Toronto a week later. 

This news doesn't come as a surprise given that the left-hander was acquired by the Jays as a veteran stop-gap for the rotation, but it has perhaps been surprising how well Eveland has performed thus far in 2010.  Aside from one disastrous (7 ER in 3 IP) outing against Boston on April 26, he has a 2.23 ERA over his other five starts.  It represents a strong turn-around fom Eveland's garish 7.16 ERA in 13 appearances for Oakland in 2009. 

As Bastian points out, given Eveland's success and the lack of concrete timetables for the injured hurlers' returns, Eveland could remain in the rotation into June.  The two pitchers who are probably closest to returning at Brian Tallet and Marc Rzepczynski, but Bastian tweeted last week that Tallet may be headed to the bullpen and Rzepczynski's struggles in the spring opened the door for Eveland to claim the rotation spot in the first place (a decision that was cinched when Rzcepczynski broke a fingertip and went on the DL).

Probably the best-case scenario for the Blue Jays would be if Eveland keeps up his solid performance so that the southpaw might create some measure of trade value when and if Toronto decides to remove him from the rotation.  The Mariners and Diamondbacks reportedly had interest in Eveland when Oakland DFA'ed him.  If the Jays could flip Eveland for even a low-level prospect, it would make their acquisition of the lefty into a nice all-around success.

Phillies Seek Rotation Depth

The Phillies are looking to add starting pitching, but aren't eager to guarantee anyone roster spot, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. Ideally, the Phillies would find an out-of-options pitcher or someone who has an out clause in his contract.

"If a player like that comes available, we'll have our eyes and ears open on it,'' Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. 

Amaro says pitching depth is a concern for the Phillies, so he's looking to find some. Boof Bonser and Dana Eveland are out-of-options arms the Phillies could consider. They haven't been linked to the recently-released Chad Gaudin so far.

The Phillies will also look for bullpen depth, writes Murphy. The Brewers recently released Scott Schoeneweis, though Amaro would probably not guarantee the left-hander a job. 

D’Backs Looking For Rotation Depth

A National League executive tells Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the D'Backs are exploring trades for rotation depth. Brandon Webb is recovering from a shoulder injury, so the D'Backs have some concern about their starting five. Right now, that group consists of Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson and some combination of Ian Kennedy, Billy Buckner, Kevin Mulvey and Rodrigo Lopez

Sherman says the Yankees are "almost certain" to trade Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre before the season starts. Like their division rivals, the Blue Jays could trade starting pitching. The D'Backs had interest in Jays pitcher Dana Eveland earlier in the offseason. Sherman says the Blue Jays would be very happy to move Eveland or Brian Tallet.

The D'Backs added Kris Benson on a minor league deal this week, but the righty has only pitched in eight major league games since 2006.

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Blue Jays Acquire Dana Eveland

8:09pm: Eveland will come into camp with a shot at a starting job with the Blue Jays, tweets Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

2:42pm: According to a team press release, Toronto has acquired left-hander Dana Eveland from the A's in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Eveland was DFA'd by Oakland on Monday.

In nine starts for the Athletics last season, the 26-year-old posted a 7.16 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9.  However, Eveland had a passable 2008 – posting a 4.34 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 29 starts.

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Athletics Designate Eveland, Taveras, Petit For Assignment

4:59pm: Via Twitter, Lee adds that the A's designated infielder Gregorio Petit for assignment as well.  The 25-year-old hit .244/.292/.336 in Triple A last year, playing second base, shortstop, and third base.

12:39pm: The A's designated lefty Dana Eveland for assignment, tweets MLB.com's Jane Lee.  Newly-acquired Willy Taveras was designated too, tweets SI's Jon HeymanJoe Stiglich of the Oakland Tribune adds that the A's deal for Gabe Gross is official, and they've claimed versatile minor leaguer Steve Tolleson off waivers from the Twins.  Let's break down the A's busy morning…

  • Eveland, 26, is headed elsewhere unless he clears waivers.  In 2009 he was terrible in the Majors and lousy at Triple A as well.  He joined the A's in December of '07 as part of the huge Dan Haren swap with the D'Backs.  Eveland did give the A's 29 starts of 4.34 ball in '08, despite a 1.53 K/BB ratio.
  • Taveras and Aaron Miles were just passing through, acquired temporarily to facilitate deals for Adam Rosales and Jake Fox.
  • Tolleson, 26, hit .266/.340/.380 between Double A and Triple A in the Twins organization in '09.  He played both middle infield positions, left field, and a little bit at the outfield corners.  Before the season, Baseball America suggested Tolleson's best possible outcome would be Ryan Freel's career.  The loss should clear a roster spot for Jim Thome, notes MLB.com's Kelly Thesier

A’s DFA Dana Eveland; Won’t Lose Him

The A's designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. Oakland called on the 25-year-old lefty to replace Dallas Braden Monday night, but Eveland struggled, allowing four runs and nine baserunners in less than three innings, so he'll return to Triple A.

He faltered in six games for the A's this year, but has fared better in Triple A. His 7-1 record and 3.49 ERA are slightly misleading, but he hasn't allowed many hits or homers in his 12 minor league starts.

As Assistant GM David Forst explains in this MLB.com article, the A's are essentially optioning Eveland to Triple A and aren't at risk of losing him to another club through waivers. He has to clear optional waivers, something no player has failed to do since they were implemented.