Pirates sign Nick Evans to Minors deal
1B/OF Nick Evans has joined the Pirates’ list of non-roster Spring Training invitees after signing a Minor League deal with the club. Pittsburgh announced the signing on Wednesday.
Drafted by the Mets in the fifth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Evans was removed from New York’s 40-man roster earlier this offseason. He was with the Mets for parts of the last four seasons, though regular playing time always proved a challenge for Evans to get. After batting .306 in 20 games with New York in 2010, Evans hit .256 with 10 doubles, four homers and 25 RBIs in 59 Major League games this season.
He spent the rest of the 2011 season in Triple-A, where Evans batted .313.
Evans played predominately as a first baseman while coming up through the Mets’ system. However, he has actually made more outfield appearances than first base ones in the Majors. He also has limited playing experience at third.
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