Will Nick Evans Spell Doom For Marlon Anderson

An article by posted on March 21, 2009

All the talk lately has been focused on the hot hitting Nick Evans, but if Evans were to make the team, who would be the odd man out?

Adam Rubin of the Daily News believes it could be Marlon Anderson despite his guaranteed contract for 2009.

Now, Evans has performed so well, he could push the lefty-hitting Marlon Anderson off the team entirely, despite Anderson’s guaranteed $1.15 million contract.

“It will probably be an interesting debate at some point,” Manuel said about Evans’ roster chances.

Marlon Anderson fell out of favor with me about half way through the season last year. I used to believe that he’d deliver every single time he was called on to pinch hit, but by seasons end I would sit and shudder whenever he came to the plate. The premier pinch hitter of the 2007 Mets was gone and had been replaced by someone who had marginal skills and very little in the way of bat speed. He had become an automatic out.

I’d much rather take my chances with Evans or even Bobby Kielty instead of Anderson, and the sooner the Mets cut bait with him, the better.

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