A day later Pridie signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A’s. Pridie was just an OK player for the Mets, but he’s easily replaceable and won’t be missed too much.
Now it’s time to see where Evans ends up. He’s been bounced around back and forth from the majors to triple-A so many times that it… dear I say it, it reminds me of Heath Bell. Since his debut in 2008, he’s been call-up and sent down about 10 times, and was designated for assignment twice last year within almost a month of each other.
Evans has been in the Mets minor league systems since he was 18. Every year since 2004 to 2009 he’s been called up to a high level, and the last two seasons he’s ripped up double-A and triple-A. In 2010 he combined for 23 home runs, 83 RBI, and hit .300 with a .371 OBP in 487 at-bats between Binghamton and Buffalo. In 2011 his entire minor stint was spent in Buffalo, where he hit 8 home runs, 32 RBI, and hit .313 with a .375 OBP in 249 at-bats. He spent the rest of the 2011 season with the Mets, where he hit four home runs, drove him 25 RBI, and hit .256 with a .314 OBP. Hopefully Evans isn’t the type of player who rocks minor league pitchers, but can’t swing it in the majors.
Do I think he can start for the Mets next season? Not at all. But he can play first and the corner outfield positions, which can be very valuable. He’d be able to fill in for Luca Duda or Ike Davis against a tough lefty, or give Jason Bay a day off if he needs it.
I feel like Evans has always been undervalued by the Mets. If he goes somewhere else he might flourish and the Mets will regret giving up on him and sending him to the minors every other week.
Now I might just be paranoid because the same thing happened to Bell and now he’s one of the best closers in baseball, but I’ve always had a good feeling about Evans, I don’t know what it is. I don’t see him as a starter, but he’s a good guy to have pinch hitting or fill in for a couple of weeks if someone lands on the DL.
I really hope the Mets bring him back and don’t let him get away. Otherwise, in a couple of years, they might have wished they had.