This Year’s Miracle Bullpen Find?

March 24th, 2016
Will Rays lefty Dana Eveland's 10th team be his best fit?

Will Rays lefty Dana Eveland’s 10th team be his best fit?

You just know the Rays will find a street-walking gem of a relief pitcher this year, maybe two.

One, however, is coming out of left field.

Signed to a minor league contract, 32-year-old left-hander Dana Eveland was a nobody in Atlanta last year. And his career has been all over the place since 2005. He was a failed starter with the Brewers, A’s and Blue Jays. The Rays are his 10th team — tenth — in 12 seasons.

But Eveland has been solid with Tampa Bay in spring camp, his ground-ball money pitch looking major league.

It was on again yesterday, per Per, and Eveland sounds confident in his chances at finding a roster spot. (Obviously, with all those teams in his past, he knows about making a roster.)

“They’ve obviously got some tough decisions to make,” said Eveland, who got to face the Twins’ starting lineup and allowed no runs on a hit in two innings. “…To face some talent [Wednesday] was nice.”

Kevin Cash was glowing about Eveland, too.

The Rays have the good kind of tough decisions in the bullpen. And if Eveland is pitching well and makes the team, it would be so sweet to bring a left-hander like that into Yankee Stadium.

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