A’s trade Dana Eveland to Toronto for player to be named or cash

The A’s just announced they’ve traded left-hander Dana Eveland to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Eveland was designated for assignment Monday along with infielder Gregorio Petit, and the A’s had 10 days from that point to trade, release or send each player to the minors if they cleared waivers. Petit’s status is still pending.

Eveland was part of the six-player package the A’s received from Arizona in the Dan Haren trade prior to the 2008 season. He opened each of the last two years in Oakland’s rotation. After going 9-9 with a 4.34 ERA in 29 starts in 2008, he struggled to find any kind of consistency in 2009, spending most of the season w/Triple-A Sacramento.

Just two of the six players received in that Arizona trade are still w/the A’s — Brett Anderson and Chris Carter. Shortly after that deal, a scout told me that if just two of the six players turned into impact major leaguers, the deal would be a success for the A’s. They have to be happy w/Anderson’s development at this point, and they’re obviously high on Carter’s potential. They’ve taken others received from that trade — Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith and Aaron Cunningham — and flipped them in deals that eventually netted a starting third baseman (Kevin Kouzmanoff) and highly rated outfield prospect (Michael Taylor).

How do you critique that Dan Haren trade to this point. Is the jury still out?

Joe Stiglich

  • crister

    player to be named later or cash considerations?
    i’d say straight cash homey…

    now, knowing our luck, watch doughboy dana suddenly discover his inner david wells next year.

    oh, and yes, good solid deal. i’d venture to guess the twins would happily take just one guy from the anderson/carter/gonzalez, taylor etc deal. that santana trade with the mets isn’t exactly looking terribly fruitful for them two years out.

  • A’s fan

    Yay keep getting rid of these bums dana is a horrible pitcher now keep making some moves A’s and pick up a power hitter

  • Asfan2010

    Even though only 2 of 6 are left from the haren deal, only eveland is the one that didnt end up useful in following trades. Lets be honest, a couple yrs ago smith/eveland exceeded expectations and looked to be solid pitchers. Its still possibly but both have issues with control and little margin for error. Essentially if carter, anderson, taylor are as good as we think, it will be a worthwhile haren deal. Plus add in asolid 3b in Kouzmanoff. Its worked out better than the harden deal who has donaldson, patterson (out of options),and wimberly left (from murton deal). Cubs were so worried about harden’s health that they didnt offer him arby. Now A’s have harden part II in ben sheets 2 yrs later.

  • fan

    if the A’s dont get a big hitter spending 10 million on sheets dont make much sense the SD is shopping AGon like crazy why not go after him trade carter and a few young pitchers and even throw in daric barton and i know SD will take it and in 2 yrs trade him for even better young talent

  • Bryan

    I think you have to keep in mind that Beane has said from the beginning of the house cleaning, essentially the Haren trade, that the A’s want to get younger and are looking to contend in 2011. Going out and getting Kouzmanoff was good and Anderson looks to be a solid #2, maybe even a 1, at the big league level. Carter is all that, but unfortunately for him the Coliseum isn’t. I think he’ll hit at the big league level, but balls seem to go get lost in Oakland and while I think he’ll hit for power, I don’t expect his minor league #’s to translate to the big leagues. Anyone think IF Chavez can come back and play 1st of if Cust can handle it they move Barton/Buck and let Carter season in AAA and come up late August or next year?