Saturday, February 6, 2010

Jays Acquire Eveland

Via MLB Trade Rumours, the Blue Jays have acquired left-hander Dana Eveland, 26, from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Eveland was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 16th round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Eveland was sent to the A's from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade and performed well in 2008 before struggling last year. In 2008, he threw 168 innings where he put up solid stats; 9-9, 4.34 ERA, 29 GS, 118 K, 1.482 WHIP, and a 1.53 K/BB. Last year was a different story, he pitched only 44 Major League innings where he saw his numbers balloon; 2-4, 7.16 ERA, 9 GS, 22 K, 2.182 WHIP, and a 0.85 K/BB.
This is seemingly another rotation depth move by Anthopoulos where the Jays would not be giving up a highly touted prospect or a ton of cash. Eveland did spend time in AAA last season with the Sacramento River Cats (a teammate of Brett Wallace) where he did not have a lot of success. I am reading that he is out of options so he could very well be designated for assignment down the line if he doesn't perform in the spring. The swap simply ensures that no other team would be able to claim him before the Jays got their opportunity.
I have no problems with the Jays acquiring all of these pitchers and seeing if they can find something of significance. I mean what did people say when the team acquired Scott Downs? Toronto could even look to dangle someone like Brian Tallet now if they feel as though Eveland could fill the hole that would be left behind. Both of these players are left-handed and are versatile enough to be able to come out of the pen or start.

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