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What was Neal Huntington thinking when he acquired Eveland?

What was Neal Huntington thinking when he acquired Eveland?

Dana Eveland - Reuters

With today’s DFA of Dana Eveland, a trade that appeared suspect at the time now looks even worse. Essentially, the Pirates dumped Ronald Uviedo for three nondescript appearances by Eveland. It seems like they simply threw away a minor asset. However, maybe there is more to this situation than what meets the eye.

Just before the season began, the Pirates claimed Hayden Penn off waivers from the Marlins. Penn had struggled badly in spring training, and the Bucs were able to acquire him for free. After throwing him out on the hill to get beat up three times, the Pirates designated Penn for assignment. Due to his awful showing in Pittsburgh, he passed safely through waivers and was sent to extended spring training for some tweaking. In May, he resurfaced in Triple-A Indianapolis and has quietly pitched well. He is striking out nearly a batter per inning, with decent walk numbers and an exceptional ground ball rate of 57%. He has allowed zero earned runs in four of ...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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