BRADENTON -- After spending the past eight seasons with the New York Mets, infielder Nick Evans decided to switch organizations this year. The 26-year-old infielder has spent parts of the last four seasons in the Majors with New York, posting a .256 career average over 159 big league games.

This offseason, however, Evans was looking for a new opportunity, and after talking to the Pirates, he decided that Pittsburgh was a good fit heading into 2012.

"It was a tough decision to leave the Mets because I have good relationships with a lot of the people there," Evans said prior to workouts at Pirate City. "I liked the people that I talked to in this organization and feel like I had a good opportunity here."

Since arriving to Spring Training in Bradenton, Evans has been splitting time a...

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