Nick Evans Joins the Dodgers, & We Care Because It’s November

Via slgc on Flickr. The picture isn’t blurry, that’s just how New York looks. If you’re doing it right.

Yep, it’s that time of year; the time when, in the midst of a shortened holiday week and two weeks before things really get into motion at the winter meetings, we’re reporting on a minor league deal with a camp invite as though it’s news. Then again, here we are, so I suppose it is.

Andy Martino, New York Daily News:

Former Met Nick Evans, popular with fans during parts of four seasons spent in New York, has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his agent, Marc Agar, told the Daily News. The deal includes an invitation to major league camp as a first baseman and third baseman.

Evans, 26, left the Mets to sign with Pittsburgh last year, but played in just 21 minor league games after suffering a broken hand.  Evans is expected to be fully healed in time for spring training.

Evans played essentially a full season for the Mets between 2008-2011, seeing 419 PA over 159 games and hit .256/.314/.403 with 8 homers, playing almost exclusively first base & left field. Evans seemed like he might be something after a .300/.371/.536 line in 2010 (with 24 homers) split between Double-A & Triple-A, but was unable to translate that to the majors, and, as Martino notes, barely played last year due to injury.

Still, Baseball Prospectus liked the idea of the Pirates giving him a shot before the season:

Evans is a nice addition to the Pirates. Consider him the inverse of Garrett Jones, with the ability to play first base or the corner outfield and a bat that’s useful against left-handed pitching. While Evans has hit .295/.360/.489 vs. southpaws, he struggles against righties. That means a heavy-handed platoon or pinch-hitting should be the extent of his playing time. Still, it took little to sign Evans, and he is a major-league quality bench player. The Pirates could—and have—played worse.

I’m not sure where this “as a third baseman” business is coming from, because he’s played just 59 games there in parts of 9 seasons in the minors (and only three innings in the majors) but I suppose a guy like this trying add flexibility is never a bad thing. In a small sample size, the righty hitter has definitely had more success against lefties than righties, which could put him in the mix to be Adrian Gonzalez‘ backup, and…

…and that’s where we stop ourselves. As we need to remember every single year, Evans is just the first of many zero-cost what-the-hell signings. Sure, every year there’s a guy like Jamey Wright or Aaron Miles who finds their way onto the roster due to a hot spring or injuries elsewhere. Many more end up filling out the Triple-A roster, like Josh Fields & Josh Bard. And even more disappear before the end of the spring, because raise your hand if you really remember Cory Sullivan, John Grabow, & Matt Chico being in camp in recent years. Evans is young and briefly showed talent in the minors, so he’s a great guy to have for depth in camp and the system. Do I expect to hear much about him other than pointing out how great his ABQ-inflated stats look after 300 plate appearances for the Isotopes? Probably not. It’s that time of year.

Evans has been added to the depth chart under the heading “camp invites” on the right, where he’ll surely be joined by a dozen others over the winter.

538 comments
EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Hold on a sec. Kila isnt a FA is he? He's still under A's control?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I get the feeling that Dylan Hernandez would rather be a boxing reporter

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

That' s a great "action shot" of Nick Evans...

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

I stayed out till 2am last night. There's no one here at work. Brutal day.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Is Ryu > Kuroda? on straight ability.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

So I was out last night when the 40 man moves got made. IDJ DFA? haaaaaaaaa.

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

Dodgers Winter league players stats as of yesterday

http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/org.jsp?id=la

 

Alex Castellanos raking, SVS hitting the long ball, Rafael Ynoa & Dee Gordon still strong at the bat

Joc and TFed struggling at the plate

Juan Noriega pitching well, but most Dodger pitchers who are there are not doing well (small sample size) - Chris Reed used as a reliever and has 12 K's in 10 innings, but has given up 8 ER in those 10 innings

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So that twitter argument was moving Puig to 3b because we need a 3b

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@EephusBlue awww crap. Want for AAA.

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Looks like a human Peter Griffin...@EephusBlue

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

it feels extra random as that appears to be a Rays game

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @Catfishin Maybe. I have higher hopes for both of the new guys than Fife and Wall though.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@EephusBlue Ryu's off speed pitches seem filthy, at least from the Korean League videos. I think Kuroda has an edge, simply because his command is likely at it's peak. How else does he thrive in that sandbox called Yankee Stadium? I'm hopeful that him and Greinke will be sufficient, even with Bills and Lilly's uncertain health. He does seem to be an upgrade on Cap simply because he stays healthy.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Catfishin blarg. Rather have Hanley at 3rd while they develop Seager. Let him test Free Agency.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Catfishin yeesh, that's a lotta coin. I still can't get my head around how bad some of these contracts are going to look 3 or 4 years from now. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @KirkDavenport Dee didn't play yesterday. Profar went 0 fer 3 in his stead. Dee took a ground ball off the side of his grill on Monday so he might be sitting again today as well. Puig splashed in his first game and nothing since.Maybe he'll wake back up today. Fedex hasn't played in a while now.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@capnsparrow I am very much alive and posting updates to twitter when I have wifi for a second.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Deuce When he's not making documentaries he's air guitar champ.

 

 

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

 @capnsparrow HanRam is now on that team - making either 5 or 6 shortstops. Supposedly HanRam is to be there to work on his defense. He played DH yesterday, but Hanram will probably take some game time away from Dee.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @LA Woman RIGHT? now u see why i was frazzled.  I was trying to be nice but uugghhh

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

 @EephusBlue  @capnsparrow It would be a wise use of the resources,to move Puig to 3B (like Castle?)   but Puig has defensive issues as it is now in the OF. Most of the time he has played at DH or been replaced in the OF for defensive purposes. He has made a lot of errors and even had a ball hit him on the head when he lost it.

I know it has to be a joke about 3B, but even Miguel Cabrera played there and Trumbo also so you never know.

I think Puig will eventually be an MLB hitter but may have to move to 1B or DH. He is awkward in the OF, but he may learn. For all those who are hoping he is in the bigs soon, the experts at MLB forecast him not coming up till 2015. He has not yet even mastered "A" ball and needs a full education at AA and AAA incoming years. Fortunately, with plenty of big league players, the Dodgers do not need to rush him. He is a great but raw talent and will have a future