According to Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger, Nick Evans has exercised his right to become a free agent. Back on November 11, the Mets outrighted Evans to Triple-A–a move all too common during the 2011 season. However, unlike those past times, the outfielder/infielder did not kowtow.
The corner infielder and outfielder collected 194 plate appearances for the Mets in 2011, and posted a mediocre .256/.314/.403 line with 4 homeruns, 25 RBI, and 26 runs. The 25 year-old only saw about 18% of his yearly playing time from May to July, before landing more-or-less full-time at-bats in August and September.
August was Evans’ finest month, swatting an impressive .366/.413/.585 line in 46 plate appearances. However, now seeing regular playing time, the right-handed hitter slumped mightily in September, posting a dismal .241/.265/.352 line in 113 plate appearances.
Despite his impressive Minor League career (.278/.344/.478 line), Nick Evans didn’t even “mash” left-handed pitching as advertised (.236/.323/.436) in 2011. Luckily for Evans, the to-be-26-year-old still has age on his side, but the youngster has yet to truly prove he can handle Major League pitching. Regardless, he shouldn’t have an issue finding a new organization.