Dana Eveland with the A's, courtesy of Wikipedia.
Dan Duquette made good on his promise, and we’ve got a few deals in place.
First, I’ll start with the Rule 5 Draft, since that was this morning. The Orioles made one pick at each level and have now acquired 3B/OF Ryan Flaherty, RHP Marty Popham, and INF Matt Sweeney. Not a bad haul. Of course, if they don’t play up to par, we can always send them back if they don’t work out. That’s the nice thing about the Rule 5 Draft – there’s a return policy. Duquette seems pleased with Flaherty.
Then we pulled off the trade of the century, which came as the Angels were signing Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. Okay, not really, but we acquired Dana Eveland from the Dodgers for LHP Jarret Martin and OF Tyler Henson. Willie Eyre was DFA’d to make room on the 40-man. Eveland, as I have been told by San Francisco Giants writer Mac, is…well, interesting. She linked me to this. This should tell you all you need to know personality-wise.
As far as strategy goes, I’m not sure how this move itself will pan out, but Eveland might be able to compete for a bullpen role in Spring Training.
The Taylor Teagarden trade is also complete, with the Orioles sending Greg Miclat in return to add the catcher.
Our days are quieter than most teams’ days at the Winter Meetings, but that’s okay. It means we can pretend we have a shot at acquiring Yu Darvish.