Per Dylan Hernandez, the Dodgers have signed LHP Dana Eveland to a minor league contract. Though he only just turned 27 a few weeks ago, Eveland’s been quite the journeyman in his short career. Originally drafted by the Brewers in 2002, he was traded to Arizona in 2006, where he lasted just one season before being sent to Oakland as part of the Dan Haren deal following 2007. In 2008 with the A’s, Eveland saw his only real major success, putting up a 4.09 FIP over 168 IP in 29 starts. He couldn’t replicate that in 2009 and spent most of the year in AAA, then was sent to Toronto in February of 2010. Eveland made 9 starts as a Jay this year, was traded to Pittsburgh in June, but was DFA’d after just 3 games and spent the rest of the year with the Pirates’ AAA club in Indianapolis. Phew!
Eveland’s not, you know, good. His fastball doesn’t top 90 often, and if he was that valuable he wouldn’t have ended up on 19 different teams before his age-27 year. Still, it’s a no-risk deal, and the Dodgers have had good success with guys like Chan Ho Park, Jeff Weaver, and Aaron Sele in the past on signings like that. For the low, low price of almost nothing, they’ve managed to bring in a guy who’s entering his prime, has seen action in 95 major league games, and does a good job of keeping the ball in the park (0.65 HR/9) and on the ground (50%). More than likely, he’s ticketed for depth in AAA rather than the rotation, but it’s depth worth having, and a deal worth making. Besides, to accept a minor league deal this early in the winter, Eveland – who’s from Palmdale, CA – must have really wanted to be a Dodger.