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Orioles acquire left-hander Dana Eveland from Dodgers

Dec 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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It’s kind of hard to believe a team is actually giving up talent for Dana Eveland rather than just signing him to a minor league contract and letting him compete for a job, but here we are.

The Orioles on Thursday acquired the left-hander from the Dodgers for fellow southpaw Jarret Martin and outfielder Tyler Henson.

Eveland upped his stock a bit by going 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts with the Dodgers at the end of last season. He was also 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA in Triple-A. That was enough to overshadow dreadful 2009 and 2010 seasons in which he combined for a 4.90 ERA in Triple-A and a 6.96 ERA in 98 1/3 innings as a major leaguer.

Eveland figures to have a spot at the back of Baltimore’s rotation barring a lousy spring. If he manages a sub-5.00 ERA in the AL East, it’d be quite an accomplishment.

Fortunately, the price wasn’t too substantial. Martin, a 22-year-old with a low-90s fastball, went 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA in 18 starts and 13 relief appearances for low-A Delmarva last season. At best, he’s a future reliever. Henson hit .247/.313/.321 as a 23-year-old in Triple-A last year and is a long shot to have any sort of career as a reserve outfielder.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    If LaCava had become GM of Baltimore, he would never have made that deal. He knows how inadequate Eveland is from first hand experience.

  2. rambodiaz - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    “It’s kind of hard to believe a team is actually giving up talent for Dana Eveland”

    Truer words were never spoken,.. Er, typed.

  3. APBA Guy - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    This is unbelievable. I grieve for the Orioles fans.

    • bleedpurplenblack - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      We’ve been grieving for the Orioles for 15 years now.

      We’re used to it.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    The winter meetings are winding down and the Orioles traded for this guy and Teagarden. It’s like they’re trying to fail on purpose. Eveland will probably have a poor spring/get hurt and won’t make the rotation. The team is already stacked with quality AAA pitching that can’t get it done at the top level.

  5. SmackSaw - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Coletti snookered somebody? Los Angeles baseball teams are working miracles today!

    • notsofast10 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      Except the Angels are not a Los Angeles Baseball team. They just use the name.

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