The Yankees have agreed to a deal with infielder/outfielder Phillip Evans, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Greg Joyce of the New York Post tweeted yesterday that Evans had been spotted at Yankees camp. Presumably, it’s a minor league pact for the CAA client.
Evans, 29, had a huge shoeing in a tiny sample with the Pirates in 2020 when he batted .359/.444/.487 through 45 plate appearances. He got out to a decent start in his second season with the Bucs last year but ultimately wound up finishing the year with a .206/.312/.299 batting line in a career-high 247 plate appearances. Overall, Evans is a career .231/.331/.319 hitter in 353 plate appearances between the Mets and Pirates. He played all four corner positions with Pittsburgh this past season, but the majority of Evans’ professional innings have come at shortstop, third base and second base — in that order.
Evans will give the Yankees some versatile depth with a reasonably productive track record in the upper minors to stash in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s a career .274/.349/.441 hitter with 42 homers, 74 doubles and seven triples in 1438 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.