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Eveland gets new start in Toronto

Former COC pitcher traded by A’s to Jays for cash or player to be named

Posted: February 6, 2010 10:56 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Former College of the Canyons pitcher Dana Eveland will get another opportunity in the big leagues.

Eveland was traded on Saturday from the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

"Oakland made a couple of moves, got these young kids who have come up this last season who bumped their way past me - rightfully so. Then they got Ben Sheets, who I've seen pitch and he's a great pitcher," said the 26-year-old left-handed pitcher. "I'm just happy to be out of there, but sad to leave my teammates."

Eveland's opportunities in Oakland shrunk with the addition of Sheets, who the A's signed to a one-year, $10 million deal on Jan. 26.

In his fifth Major League season, Eveland bounced up and down from the A's to their Triple-A affiliate.

In Oakland, he went 2-4 with a 7.16 ERA in 13 games. He was 8-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 21 games for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.

"I was as confident as I could be (in 2008), but this last year I kind of took a step backward," Eveland said. "But I've busted my butt to get in shape (this offseason)."

Eveland said his mechanics were tinkered with in 2009 and he had a tired arm late in the season, but pitched through it.

If he makes the Blue Jays in 2010, it will be his sixth Major League season.

In parts of five seasons, he is 13-17 with a 5.54 ERA in 83 games.

After dealing ace Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies this winter, there are no proven starters in Toronto's rotation, leaving the door open for Eveland.

The lefty had a similar opportunity when he was dealt to Oakland from the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 - a deal that shipped Dan Haren to Arizona.

The next season, Eveland went 9-9 with a 4.34 ERA in 29 starts.

Eveland, a Palmdale High graduate, led College of the Canyons to the Super-Regionals of the California state tournament in 2003.


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