Dec
22

Yankees sign Steve Evarts to minor league deal

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Via Matt Eddy, the Yankees have signed 23-year-old left-hander Steve Evarts to a minor league deal. He selected 43rd overall by the Braves in the 2006 draft, taken two spots after Joba Chamberlain. Evarts ranked as Atlanta’s 15th best prospect before the 2008 season, and Baseball America lauded his feel for pitching, his upper-80′s fastball, and a dynamite changeup that acts like a screwball. In 98 professional innings, he’s struck out 81 and walked just 16 unintentionally. The problem is that he hasn’t pitched since 2008 due to varying injuries (including at least one elbow surgery) and disciplinary problems. The Braves released him at some point in early 2009.

Evarts has a pretty spotty record; he was charged with criminal mischief after smashing someone’s car with a bat in high school, and earlier this year he was arrested on felony battery and marijuana possession charges. I assume all of that stuff is cleared up and the Yankees did their homework. Chances are they’ll get absolutely nothing out of Evarts, but at some point he was a very promising prospect. No harm in trying.

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  • Daniel

    you sure his name isnt kenny powers?

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      is he mulletted?

  • jsbrendog (returns)

    throw away signing that if he becomes anything turns into an emotionally compelling disney movie. i like it

    • Plank

      I wish someone would give Elijah Dukes another shot. Maybe a year out of pro ball is enough to get him back on track.

  • A.D.

    The offseason of the lottery ticket

  • oh hell

    This offseason is starting to go into desperation mode

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      This move has nothing to do with the current state of the big league team. The Yankees have been making signings like this for years.

      • A.D.

        Even if they hadn’t still has nothing to do with current state of big league team

      • JJ Putzer

        Young left hander, suitable for bullpen role, but not related to the current state of the team? Who is it related to-the Royals?

        Yankess make signings like these for years?

        Name 10 signings who were arrested felons in the last five years

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Forgot the /sarcasm tag.

      • Esteban

        Yea, something like:

        The Red Sox get AGon and Crawford and Ca$hman responds with this?! Worst GM ever!

        /sarc

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    Yawn. At least DoTF is getting more interesting.

  • Chris

    Sounds like they should consider converting him to a hitter.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for

      At least he didn’t steal any laptops (as far as we know…) or they might fit him for an IT role.

  • Jorge

    At least he hasn’t turned to stealing laptops yet.

    I do love a good lottery ticket. Just one of these signings working out would be a lot of fun.

  • dan genovese

    no lee……problem solved with this guy

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      yeah this stopped being funny….wait, it never was

  • ryan

    best move of the offseason so far

  • E-ROC

    Good signing, especially since he was highly regard and a lefty. I hope the Yankees are able to claim Joe Martinez, but I doubt that’s possible.

  • dalelama

    “Chances are they’ll get absolutely nothing out of Evarts, but at some point he was a very promising prospect. No harm in trying.”

    This makes an excellent template for this offseason, just submit any of the names we have signed this off season in place of Evarts and roll the presses. The Bosox sign Jenks, Agone, and Crawford and all we get is this lousy t-shirt.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Fail.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        I like how he listed Jenks in front of Gonzalez and Crawford, like that was the most important part of their offseason

        • Dalelama

          They weren’t placed in any order…you need to lighten up

          • Oz

            Oh the irony.

  • dan genovese

    did cashman get fired yet,i guess there is no santa……………….!

  • BillR

    Nice signing, you gotta hit the lottery eventually.

  • virginia yankee

    There is terrible opporunity cost in “The no harm in trying signings” — these are not fantasy tries they each take management time that should be spent elsewhere and thereby do a great deal of harm -

    – principally they steal repetition and observation time from prospects who have demonstrated qualities of learning and performance that merit attention– Girardi and the major league staff know little about the Yankee prospects and have truly small windows of opportunity to test and observe — in the minors the flotsam and jetsam steal observation and management time from thin staffs

    – Evarts has a complete and terrible track record as a human being and of team disruption — he should be left elsewhere–

    – collectively we have spent more time than he deserves – ADD HIM TO THE REST OF THE CASHMAN litter collection and you must wonder what the heck is going on — see – Molina, Cotts, Anderson, Vizcaino (feel sorry for Torre destroying him), and others infielders and outfielder who can’t hit; pitchers who strike no one out and have poor rates every way they are sliced —

    – i grow more pessimistic –

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      dalelama and virginia yankee in the same thread?

      It’s a Christmas miracle!!

      • hogsmog

        C’mon, Big Bertha, c’mon!

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      “Girardi has recreated 2004″
      - you, the day the Yankees won the 2009 World Series

  • http://yesnetwork.com JMA

    I still think Pavano would be a good option.

  • Wisdom.

    Theres always a need for a pot smoking, car bashing, knuckle slasher in the organization.

  • RollTheDice

    This off-season has been herendous.