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Dodgers sign Dana Eveland to split minor league deal

Nov 22, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

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Dana Eveland posted a 4.34 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 29 starts for the A’s in 2008 as a 24-year-old.  He wasn’t dominant, striking out only 118 batters in 168 innings while walking 77, but he looked like a youngster with a promising future as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter.

That changed in 2009, when he allowed 39 runs in 44 innings for Oakland and finished with a 7.16 ERA and 2.18 WHIP.  He was shipped to the Blue Jays in February of 2010 for a player to be named later, then designated for assignment three months later and picked up by the ever-desperate Pirates.

Eveland finished the year with a 6.79 ERA and 1.91 WHIP over 54.1 total frames.  He was moved off the Bucs’ 40-man roster last week and seemed unlikely to score a quick free agent contract this winter.

It’s good to be young.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Eveland, now 27, inked a split contract with the Dodgers on Monday night.  He’ll be paid a certain amount in the minors and more if he reaches the big leagues.

With his past starting experience, the right-hander will likely be shooting for a spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen as a long reliever.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 23, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Last season he looked great in spring training but once the season began, he just wasn’t good enough. I can see him in long relief, but not as a starter.

  2. dondbaseball - Nov 23, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Drew, Nothing personal but Dana Eveland is lefthanded as evidenced by his photo above and really the only reason any number of baseball clubs would consider him. There are plenty of right handed 27 year olds with 6+ ERA’s working in baseball training facilities and not being signed to minor league deals.

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