Pirates Sign Nick Evans

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first baseman/outfielder Nick Evans to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.  Evans turns 26 in January, and was recently removed from the New York Mets’ 40-man roster after hitting for a .256/.314/.403 line in 176 at-bats in the majors in 2011.  He’s played all of the corner positions in his major league career, along with one inning in center field.  Most of his time has been at first base, followed by left field.  In his career he has a .256/.305/.407 line in 386 at-bats.  He’s not strong defensively in the outfield, according to his UZR numbers.

  • Similar to previous NH signings.  Could have some success.

  • The Yankees just released Andrew Brackman who just made it to the majors for a September call-up.  It appears he has some up-side  .Any comments?

  •   Not a bad sign with nothing really to lose and the price was right. Maybe he is the one that will change our luck on such signings and if not oh well.

  • .250 average….perfect for the Bucs.  

  • Good sign to get him for nothing and no contract. Some competition for Garrett Jones will be good.

  • Solid depth signing that is still young enough to have some upside.

  • He can’t hit righties to save his life, but has an .849 career OPS against lefties. That said, he’s played the equivalent of one full season, so the sample size is too small for comfort. So he profiles like a platoon option, but hasn’t proven he can do it consistently at this level. I’d prefer not to see him on the ML roster. 

  • Not a bad AAAA filler. If he his part of a platoon with Jones at first we are in trouble.

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