Whenever you have a chance to lock up a journeyman pitcher, you do it - and immediately boast about your financial control over him to whatever remains of your fan base.
That's what the increasingly-curious Neal Huntington did in a press release this afternoon about new Pirates pitcher Dana Eveland, he of the 16-21 career record with a 5.66 ERA who was acquired today from Toronto (my emphasis added):
“Dana Eveland is a 26-year-old left-hander who has shown the ability to be an effective major-league starting pitcher. He has an interesting four-pitch mix, and we feel this acquisition is a potential upgrade for our current rotation with the upside of years of control and improved production.”
Seriously, the Pirates have got to be the only organization that boasts about years of control in a press release about picking up a guy who was just designated for assignment. His ERA this season is 6.45, but don't fret. I'm sure he has great stuff.
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