Left-hander Dana Eveland, a minor league free agent who has amassed a decent amount of big league service time over the past six seasons, has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a source confirmed on Monday night.
Eveland, 27, will come to spring training to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster, presumably as a reliever but possibly as a potential fifth starter.
Although he has spent much of his career as a starter, making as many as 29 starts for the Oakland A's two years ago, he finished the 2010 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate, splitting time between starting and relieving.
Eveland has made a total of 95 major league appearances, 54 of them starts, for five different clubs. He began this season with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 3-4 with a 6.45 ERA in nine starts before he was traded him to the Pirates on June 1. He made three appearances for the Pirates (one start), posting an 8.38 ERA, before they sent him to the minors.
Eveland is a graduate of Palmdale High School and played collegiately at College of the Canyons. He originally was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 16th round in 2002. He has a career major league mark of 16-22 and a 5.74 ERA.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.