Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nick Evans Signs with Pirates


Nick Evans, who had been with the Mets since the team made him him a fifth-round draft selection in 2004, has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his agent Marc Agar told the Daily News. Evans agreed to a minor league deal, with an invite to spring training.

In 2735 at-bats across eight minor league seasons, Evans posted an .822 OPS, and hit 107 home runs. In parts of four major league seasons, he had a .712 OPS. Frequently shuffling between the major and minors, Evans --who always impressed the organization and much of the fan base with his character and work ethic -- did not see many sustained opportunities with the Mets.

The Mets had been willing to re-sign Evans, despite removing him from the 40-man roster this month. Agar said that there was "extraordinary interest" in his client, and leaving the Mets was a difficult decision for Evans.

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