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For several years Evans has looked more like a AAAA type player then someone you would want on your bench.
But with Collins in his corner Evans has seen regular playing time since his August recall and he just might have shown enough to compete for a spot next season.
In keeping Evans the Mets would give themselves one less spot to protect six year players from the rule V draft or may impede them from signing a free agent.
I don't expect the Mets to be big free agent players, but is there a player who may require a major league deal that the Mets will pass on because they have a spot tied up in Evans and Collins believes in him, while that player would have been a better fit on the bench.
In 36 games this year Evans is hitting .268 but more importantly for a bench position, he's hitting with power which has been missing in his prior major league appearances. Evans always showed power potential in the minors but that never equated to the majors. Last season he came up for 20 games and hit for a solid average of .306 but only 1 HR, 3 doubles and 5 RBIs. This season he already has 4 HRs, 2 triples, 4 doubles and 14 RBIs.
So the question for this front office will be whether Evans has proven himself worthy of a roster spot...