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Dana Eveland, former Orioles pitcher, signs one-year deal with Korean team

Former Oriole lefty Dana Eveland has agreed to a one-year deal with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to an industry source.

Eveland, who made $750,000 with the Orioles last season, will receive $675,000 guaranteed from the Eagles with another $225,000 available through performance bonuses, bringing the total potential package to $900,000.

The 29-year-old lefty was 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 14 games, two starts, with the Orioles in 2012. He allowed 32 hits and walked 13 while striking out 18 batters in 32 1/3 innings. He also started 14 games for the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, going 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA.

A veteran of eight major league seasons and six big league teams, he’ll be remembered as executive vice president Dan Duquette’s first acquisition during his initial winter meetings in charge of the Orioles. Last December, Duquette dealt minor leaguers Jarret Martin and Tyler Henson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Eveland, who was penciled into the Orioles’ rotation that winter.

But after several additions to the rotation – including Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada – Eveland was squeezed out of the club’s plans and didn’t make the Orioles to start the season. Three times in 2012 he was taken off the 40-man roster, cleared waivers and was sent to Norfolk. He didn’t pitch for the Orioles after July, and became a free agent in October. 

The Eagles lost their top left-hander this winter when Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This isn’t the first time the Eagles, who have finished last in three of their past four seasons, have gone after a former Orioles pitcher. Last winter, the Eagles signed right-hander Brian Bass.  In May, the Eagles released Bass, who then signed with the Houston Astros’ Triple-A club in Oklahoma City.

Notes: In other Orioles news, Baseball America reported on its transactions page that the Orioles signed three players to minor league deals: left-hander Logan Mahon, catcher Kevin Dultz and shortstop Nuiman Romero.

Romero, 27, had two brief stints in the majors: in 2009 with the Cleveland Indians and 2010 with the Boston Red Sox. He had two hits in 19 big league at-bats, though he did post a .367 on-base percentage with the Detroit Tigers’ Double-A team last year.

Dultz, 24, batted .194 in 23 games in the rookie-level Pioneer League for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in 2012.  Mahon, 24, pitched for Gateway of the independent Frontier League in 2012 and played one season, 2011, in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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