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.
I want Ronald Uviedo back.
Lol he is quite the brutal pitcher huh?
Oh my gosh what a great guy. But no way am I letting you get him back. He is one of the nicest players in pro ball and I had such a great time talking to him and watching him pitch this summer. One of the true gentlemen thats unheard of.
Yeah he is a nice guy. I got his autograph when I went to the Curve game where Strasburg pitched, along with Rudy Owens, Dustin Molleken, and Chase d’Arnaud’s autographs. I talked to d’Arnaud and asked him what Travis thought about the Halladay trade, and he said he was glad to get out of the Phillies organization because Ruiz was blocking him. It was a really cool experience.
That sounds awesome. The Eastern League is awesome and the players are so cool. Chase D’Arnaud is awesome he hit a home run off of Petitte in the post-season. Crazy stuff! I love the pitchers on the curve. Dubee will be gone in a few weeks unfortunatley, but the rest of the staff is nasty. Justin Wilson and Rudy Owens are awesome! Didn’t you write a blog for BBWI about the experience of seeing Stras pitch in person?
i guess this is what they meant by raising payroll.
Yea because the dodgers are the only team to sign crappy players to minor league deals….oh wait…that’s right..every team does.
It was a joke. Why so serious?
Because its annoying and for months now anyone who posts that lameness gets blasted.
You’re in for a long offseason.
Are you serious? The minor league signings that have already happened are 1/1000000 of what will happen this off-season…It’s supposed to be fun, enjoy it.
Didn’t you know you can’t joke about Dodgers without their fans going into complete meltdown mode??
yeah, internet sarcasm might not be as easy to detect, but sometimes things are self explanatory….
Want to hear something crazy? According to RJ, On June 2nd, fangraphs wrote an entry on how Dontrelle Willis and Dana Eveland both switched teams…Low and behold…
Hope they need help at AAA…I’ve always thought he should pitch for the Clindians.
okay its not THAT bad….maybe he can return to 2008 form and be a #5??? doubt it. but it doesnt hurt i guess. get padilla/garland and the rotation is set
LA’s recent track record with getting pitchers from the Pirates means he’ll soon be flipped to an Independent league team in February for a package of Sharpies and a water cooler to be named later.
A move to bolster minor league depth. No need to read into it any further than that.
Played ball with his younger brother. Dana used to throw a nasty knuckleball.
Which team is hurting themselves worse:
Reds sign Dontrelle Willis
Dodgers sign this scrub…I mean, Dana Eveland.
I would say it doesn’t matter… but the Dodgers will use NRIs with little problem.
I’m usually fairly savvy on these sorts of things, but what does a “split contract” mean, exactly?
He splits it with the Mafia Boss who held a gun to Ned Colletti’s head.
if he stays in the minors all season, he recieves a contract worth X dollars but if he is called up to the majors and stays for Y number of days, he could earn Z dollars. Its basically like he gets a big incentive for reaching the majors.
I see, that makes sense. Thanks.
Wow, didn’t see this post until mine had already posted. my bad.
A split contract pays X salary (usually a good bit higher than an average minor leaguer gets, but much less than league min) if the player is in the minors, and Y salary (usually the MLB minimum with performance incentives) for all the time the player is in the majors.
In other words, if the player spends 2 months in MLB and the rest of the time in the minors, he gets paid the prorated portion of the MLB minimum for those two months and the prorated portion of whatever he agreed on in the minors for the rest of the time.
This guy used to be a top prospect with Milwaukee. Still a chance he ends up useful. Not the most significant signing but if I’m a Dodgers fan I’m not complaining for the money involved.
Hes a hometown boy, kinda. So at least he will get to have his family come to DS for a game.
His grandpa is really cool!
I agree. Willie is the grandpa everyone wished they had growing up…
I don’t know. Chavez Ravine is a pitchers’ park, and Eveland did benefit quite a bit from park factors in Oakland. I don’t know if he’ll be a servicable 5th starter, but he’s probably just fine for a long man/emergency starter.
He was good for the first month with the Jays.. After that.. not so much.
“Good” in a very loose sense of the term. In terms of organizational depth, a team could do much worse than Dana Eveland.
I still remember after those first couple starts thinking how maybe this soft tosser might stick until Zep or Litsch was ready…oh well. Thank goodness next season we are not going to have that “down” day 5th starter. I remember always feeling a little disappointed/apprehensive when it was Eveland or Tallet (or Towers…going back a little) taking the hill. I am already excited about all five starters for next year (and I don’t even know who the fifth is yet…but I am happy watching Zep, Litsch and/or Drabek). whoop whoop.
Why are you calling Tallet a fifth starter???… Do you not recall he was the #2 from the beginning of the season? LOL
If he gives us more depth so we can avoid the likes of Charlie Haeger I support it.
who needs lee ? lets sign willy mo pena to play left field.
dodgers looking at omar daal to round out rotation
Eveland’s career FIP
vs Lefties: 3.81
vs Righties: 4.72
maybe a future LOOGY?
a LOOGY with a 3.81 FIP vs Lefties?
i’d hawk a LOOGY on those numbers
And in related news. Eveland will actually sign the contract with his left arm. Quite the surprise since it has been relatively useless for the better part of 6 years.
Sweet!!! That should get us over the top!
Sweet!! This should get us over the top!
I celebrate this signing by playing J.R. Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue”.