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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
TC: Don't write off Evans yet

By Adam Rubin

Righty-hitting Scott Hairston has a major league deal. Lefty-hitting Willie Harris is in camp on a minor league contract, and has tormented the Mets with his glove as a member of the Nationals and Braves. And both figure to be on the roster as the backup outfielders on Opening Day.

Still, when asked if those two players could be the backup outfielders, Terry Collins advised not to write off Nick Evans just yet. Evans is out of options and would need to be exposed to waivers if the Mets want to send him to Triple-A Buffalo.

"When you talk about the competition side of everything, I'm going to throw Nick Evans' name in that hat," Collins said.

Early roster predictions are precarious anyway. Last year, the debate was whether Mike Jacobs or Frank Catalanotto would claim the final slot on the Opening Day roster. Then Daniel Murphy injured his right knee the final week of spring training and Jacobs and Catalanotto made the cut.