Dana Eveland Rumors

Orioles Acquire Dana Eveland

The Orioles acquired lefty Dana Eveland from the Dodgers, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  The Orioles will give up a 22-year-old lefty Jarret Martin and outfielder Tyler Henson, announced the team.

Eveland, 28, will be arbitration eligible for the first time in 2012.  He posted a 3.03 ERA in 29 2/3 innings for the Dodgers this year, tossing another 154 frames in Triple-A.  Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a statement, "We think Dana is a qualified Major League pitcher who won 15 games last year between Albuquerque and Los AngelesHe provides depth and can compete for a starting spot on our roster in 2012."

Ned Colletti Talks Offseason

Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times has a slew of information from Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti regarding the team's offseason plans. Colletti feels that his team's pitching and defense have been sufficient, but that the offense is lacking and needs to be bolstered:

"I say the most dramatic way we can improve the offense, that would be the way we would go," Colletti said.

Obviously, that could be an allusion to Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols, but the Dodgers' uncertain ownership and financial situations make a signing of that magnitude a stretch. Dilbeck points out that Colletti has never signed a player to a $100MM+ deal, and that Kevin Brown is the only player in Dodgers' history to receive such a contract. At the same time, however, Dilbeck also notes that the Dodgers do have $25MM in contracts coming off the books, so a run at one of the Top 2 free agents isn't necessarily unfathomable.

In the likely event that neither player comes to the Dodgers, Colletti says that James Loney is someone they'd "love to have back." Loney's overall numbers don't appear all that productive, but he's batting .355/.435/.653 with seven homers in his last 37 games. A strong finish could persuade the Dodgers to bring him back, although doing so would require giving him a raise on this year's $4.875MM salary — a risk given Loney's mostly underwhelming numbers.

Colletti also mentions re-signing Hiroki Kuroda as a priority; even if they were to retain Kuroda though, they'd require a fifth starter. Nathan Eovaldi and Dana Eveland can both be candidates, and of course the free agent market figures to offer plenty of low-budget reclamation projects that could be brought in to fill that role as well.

Beyond that, role players such as Tony Gwynn Jr., Casey Blake, Aaron Miles, and Juan Rivera may all return "in the right situation." For what it's worth, Gwynn told Dilbeck's colleague Jim Peltz that he hopes to return to the Dodgers next season.

Dodgers To Sign Dana Eveland

The Dodgers agreed to sign Dana Eveland to a minor league split contract, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Eveland joins his fourth organization in ten months; he went from Oakland to Toronto in a February trade before the Pirates acquired him mid-season.

The 27-year-old left-hander pitched 54 1/3 innings for the Pirates and Blue Jays in 2010. In total, Eveland allowed 11.9 hits and 5.3 walks per nine innings pitched, striking out 4.0 batters per nine. Those peripheral stats aren't pretty, but he generated lots of ground balls as usual, posting a 50% ground ball rate. Eveland's best major league season came in 2008, when he made 29 starts at the back of Oakland's rotation and posted a 4.34 ERA.

The Dodgers will be able to retain Eveland as an arbitration eligible player through 2013, but the move is presumably geared toward 2011.

Dana Eveland Clears Waivers

JULY 1: Eveland has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch (Twitter link).

JUNE 24: The Pirates designated Dana Eveland for assignment, according to the team. The club, which placed Zach Duke on the DL yesterday, will announce corresponding moves later today.

It's the third time Eveland has been designated for assignment this year. The A's designated him in February and dealt him to the Blue Jays, who designated him in May and dealt him to the Pirates. Back in March, the D'Backs reportedly had interest in the left-hander, but that was before Eveland posted a 6.79 ERA in 54.1 major league innings with more walks (5.3 BB/9) than strikeouts (4.0 K/9). 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Jenkins, Twins, Eveland

On this date 11 years ago, Orioles lefty Jesse Orosco set the Major League record for career relief appearances when he came into the 8th inning of a game against the Yankees to face Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill. It was his 1,051st career appearance, surpassing Kent Tekulve's record. The then-42-year-old Orosco went on to pitch another four years after setting the mark, and retired with 1,252 career appearances, 74 more than anyone else. 

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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.

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.