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Red Sox sign Dana Eveland

Eveland will compete for a bullpen spot this season Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Eveland will compete for a bullpen spot this season
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox have added another lefty to the mix recently, signing Dana Eveland to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

A journeyman for most of his career, that journey might just come to an end as the 31-year-old lefty is coming off the best year of his career. After going 19-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 114 big league games, 61 of which were starts, from 2005 to 2012, Eveland spent 2013 in Korea and got back to the Majors this past season. In 30 games for the New York Mets, he posted a 2.63 ERA in 27.1 frames while striking out 27 and walking just six men.

Now, the Boston Red Sox have some interesting options when it comes to the bullpen this season. With Craig Breslow as the only "established" lefty reliever in the organization, perhaps Eveland challenges Tommy Layne for the second bullpen spot this up-and-coming season. 

Sure, Eveland may not dominate lefties the way that Layne does, but he is more effective against righties. Boston can get creative here and could possibly have three lefties in their bullpen to start the season, or Layne could be optioned down to the Minors if he fails.

No matter what though, the Red Sox have options and plenty of pitching depth to play with. Signing Eveland might not be the most exciting deal of the off season, but it could end up being one of the most important moves by the end of the season.

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