Mets' Evans making Manuel rethink trip to minors

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One day after saying he thought Nick Evans would be better off playing every day in Triple-A instead of sitting on the major-league bench, manager Jerry Manuel said Evans' strong showing in spring training ... Full Story
kELVIN cHAPMAN

East Northport, NY

#1 Mar 16, 2009
Send Tatis to the minors.
Ron from Rockaway NJ

Pleasanton, CA

#2 Mar 16, 2009
The way i look at it you can always send him down later. I feel if he is best for our bench then keep him up he does have options. He certainly is showing he can play 1b and a strong bench.
Rick

Naperville, IL

#3 Mar 16, 2009
This is where I disagree with Jerry. If he's good enough to be a major-leaguer, then he should be in the major leagues. Just because he's young doesn't mean he should stay in the minors (options notwithstanding). A young player who can play more often is hungry, eager, agressive - jeez wouldn't it be nice to have THAT on this team for a change? Better than keeping him down for a journeyman that can fill the void.

It's nice that it seems Jerry is giving Nick a chance. But in the end it may just be lip service.
Gary

Bronx, NY

#4 Mar 16, 2009
As long as Tatis is playing well, than Evans should be getting as much PT as he can in the minors. Tatis is more useful as a backup b/c he can play both corners of the IF, as opposed to Evans who can only play 1b.
Gil Hodges

Moriches, NY

#5 Mar 16, 2009
Isn't it amazing? A year ago, the Mets farm system was ranked on the low end of the scale by most MLB scouts. Now, a year later, we're sitting here talking about not only Nick Evans as a full fledged major leaguer, but also Daniel Murphy, Brad Holt, Bobby Parnell, even Wilmer Flores (who got a great write-up in the NY Times over the weekend). If another potential big trade comes along (especially when the mid season trade deadline comes along), the Mets will have some reasonably good trade chips.
William J

Arlington, VA

#6 Mar 17, 2009
Agree with Ron: keep him up, send him down later if he needs it. Evans will be the starting 1B next year, and he should get all the ABs and playing time in he can at the major league level in '09, especially if Delgado starts off cool like he did last year. Can't afford to wait half a season for production to develop... and that goes for all the positions.

The future of the Mets are the young players like Evans and Murph, as it once was for Wright and Reyes. The sooner they get their licks in, the better. Remember: the Yanks had a lot of success from 1996-2000 with their homegrown talent. I'd like to see the Mets follow that model. Cheaper, too.
Jim

AOL

#7 Mar 17, 2009
Evans is a good young talent. Let him play everyday in AAA so he'll be ready for a call up if there's an injury or if someone doesn't meet expectations!

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