MMO has learned that first baseman Nick Evans will be one of several Mets that will be playing winter ball this off season. David Ponte met up with Evans this past weekend and asked him what his plans were for the off season.
Q- What positives if any can you take from this season?
A – I think it’s definitely a good learning experience for everybody to go through struggles like this. Hopefully we all learn from it and be ready for next year.
Q – What are your plans for this off season; one baseball thing and one non baseball thing?
A – I’m going to be in Winter Ball all off season working on stuff. So I’ll pretty much be spending most of time down there. I’m pretty much focusing on “all baseball” this off season.
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Nick Evans has lost some of his shine this past season. I believe a lot of it had to do with not making the team out of spring training. He went to AAA-Buffalo and got mired in a terrible slump that had him batting .211 and it led to a demotion to AA-Binghamton. He was hardly impressive for the B-Mets, batting .276, but earned a callup after the Mets placed Johan Santana on the DL. Once considered the heir apparent to first base, especially after the Mets traded Mike Carp in the J.J. Putz deal, Evans may have to reinvent himself this winter if he wants to get back on the Mets radar for the short and long term. He’s still young, but the Mets do not have the luxury of time on their side as they look to quench the thirst of an unhappy fanbase.
The Mets have yet to officially announce which players will be playing winter baseball, but we have learned that first baseman Ike Davis and shortstop Ruben Tejada will be playing in the Arizona Fall League.
Ike Davis is also participating in the World Cup in Europe after being selected for Team USA, as we reported last week.
David Ponte contributed to this report and you can follow his take on the Mets and all New York sports at NYsportSpace.