"Deep Thoughts" by Dana Eveland
Another brief survey as to what our brethren in O's bloggery have to say about the deal in which the O's managed to free up space under their league mandated Tyler cap and acquire a burly (not Buehrle), groundball machine.
Overall, the outlook seems decidedly negative on this transaction, though opinions of Eveland, on balance, seem surprisingly high, all things considered.
Daniel Moroz, Canden Crazies: Ugh. The Orioles are in such bad shape they're talking up Dana Eveland as a good pitcher and, perhaps worst of all, he really might actually improve the team's rotation.
Matthew Pouliot, Hardball Talk: It’s kind of hard to believe a team is actually giving up talent for Dana Eveland rather than just signing him to a minor league contract and letting him compete for a job, but here we are.
Don Olsen, Orioles Nation: The Orioles are not in the position of giving away prospects unless it is a lock of cheap service time that can be a building block for their future needs. Again, I like Dana Eveland, but it is long shot that he fits that mold of a "building block for the future".
Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun: Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette tried to cast the trade for journeyman pitcher Dana Eveland as a decent opportunity to add depth to the Orioles' pitching staff...But Duquette is taking small steps to improve his roster at a time when his team's fans are taking antidepressants to get through what is shaping up to be an uncompelling offseason
Matt Eddy and Tim Ednoff, Baseball America: The Orioles aren't the first club to be tempted by Eveland's potential, despite his career 5.52 ERA in 360 big league innings...Eveland's three pitches range in velocity from 75 mph (curveball) to 80 (changeup) to 90 (fastball), but to succeed he needs to limit baserunners and keep the ball on the ground because his career strikeout rate is a pedestrian six per nine innings. The Dodgers signed Eveland as a minor league free agent last December, and he adapted quickly to the brutal pitching environs of Triple-A Albuquerque.