With just over three years service time, Dana Eveland is arbitration eligible this winter. The Dodgers won't be the ones going to any hearing with Eveland, though. The Dodgers have reportedly traded Eveland to the Baltimore Orioles for minor left-handed league pitcher Jarret Martin and outfielder Tyler Henson, per Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. and Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Eveland, 28, was a candidate to be non-tendered on Monday, December 12, the deadline to tender contracts to pre-free agency players. And that was before the Dodgers signed Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang (though Harang is not yet official), giving the Dodgers five starters signed through 2013 with Nathan Eovaldi, Rubby De La Rosa, and Allen Webster waiting in the wings.
After excelling in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Eveland was called up in September and had a nice run of five starts with the Dodgers. Overall he was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA with the Dodgers, including 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA on the road and 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA at Dodger Stadium.
Martin, 22, was 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA in 31 games, including 18 starts for Class A Delmarva in the South Atlantic League in 2011. He was an 18th round selection in the 2009 draft by Baltimore. In two minor league seasons, Martin has walked 5.9 batters per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings, completing the lefty-righty set of Wild Martins with Ethan Martin, who is two months older than Jarret.
Henson, who turns 24 on December 15, hit .247/.313/.321 in Triple A in 2011. He has played mostly the corner outfield spots in the last two years, but has also mixed in time at third base, with as many as 68 games at third as recently as 2009. He also has played shortstop, but only a few games since 2007.
This move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Dodgers, who have yet to make the Harang signing official.