Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is not portraying today’s deal for left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland as a major acquistion, but he’s happy to pick up a veteran left-hander who is coming off a 15-win season, albeit 12 of them were at Triple-A Albuquerque.
"He won 15 games this year between Triple-A and the big leagues," Duquette said. "He’d been up in the big leagues before as a starting pitcher, and he has gotten himself on track to compete for a starting job in spring training. We like his stuff. We like his durability, and we like his experience. And we like the fact that he won 15 games and pitched over 180 innings. So, we’re looking to add depth to our pitching staff and we feel we added some depth when we added Dana Eveland."
Eveland has had a history of command problems and will be joining his seventh major league organization, but Duquette said his performance last year might be a sign he has turned a corner.
"I think he was healthy this season," Duquette said. "He mentioned that he had some chips taken out of his elbow at the end of last season (2010). We were encouraged by his durability, the number of games that he won, and when he was in the big leagues, he pitched effectively. He won three games, and his ERA was in the 3s. The Dodgers signed [Aaron] Harang, and that made him available."