06/01/2010 1:50 PM ET
Pirates Acquire LHP Dana Eveland from Toronto
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired left-handed starting pitcher Dana Eveland (pronounced
"EAVE-land") from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-handed relief pitcher Ronald Uviedo. The
announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
Eveland, who will report to Pittsburgh, went 3-4 with a 6.45 ERA (44.2ip/32er) and 21 strikeouts in nine starts this season
for the Blue Jays. The Pirates will make a corresponding move on the 25-man roster upon Eveland's arrival to Pittsburgh.
The 26-year-old Eveland has a career record of 16-21 with one save, a 5.66 ERA (321.0ip/202er) and 219 strikeouts in 92
games (53 starts) in parts of six seasons in the big leagues with Milwaukee (2005-06), Arizona (2007), Oakland (2008-09)
and Toronto (2010).
"Dana Eveland is a 26-year-old lefthander who has shown the ability to be an effective major league starting pitcher," said
Huntington. "He has an interesting four-pitch mix and we feel this acquisition is a potential upgrade for our current
rotation with the upside of years of control and improved production."
Eveland began the 2010 campaign with 11.1 scoreless innings before allowing his first run in the fifth inning of his April
15 outing vs. the Chicago White Sox. The lefthander's 11.1 scoreless innings represented the longest scoreless streak by a
Blue Jays starter since Chris Carpenter tossed a club record 13.0 scoreless frames to start the 2001 campaign. It was also
the longest scoreless streak to start a Blue Jays career by a starter (the previous record was held by Mike Flanagan with
10.2 innings in 1987).
Eveland was originally selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 16th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He made
36 appearances (five starts) in 2005-06 with the Brewers before being traded to Arizona on November 5, 2006. The 6' 1"
Eveland went 9-9 with a 4.34 ERA in 29 starts with Oakland in 2008, establishing career highs in wins, starts, innings pitched
(168.0) and strikeouts (118).
This year Eveland posted a 1.40 ERA (25.2ip/4er) and held opposing hitters to a .205 batting average (18-for-88) in his
four starts that the Blue Jays won. He has also compiled a 9-3 record and 2.04 ERA (127.2ip/29er) in 19 career starts when
he works at least 6.0 innings in a game.
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