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Jake Stevens will not come to York, signs in Mexico instead

Left-handed pitcher Jake Stevens has jilted the York Revolution for a second time.

Just kidding, no hard feelings.  But for now, Stevens is not in the Revolution’s plans for 2012.  He’s signed with the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Triple-A Mexican League, voiding his Atlantic League contract.  Under league rules, the Revs still retain the rights to Stevens, and if he were to become available later in the year, or next offseason, York would have first negotiating rights.  It’s always possible a player in Mexico could wind up in York sooner or later…just look at Chris Nowak.  We didn’t think he was coming this year, and now he’s back in the saddle.

Stevens found out very recently that his wife is pregnant, and he understandably is opting for the chance to earn a little more with his offer in Mexico.  Can’t blame him there.  Best of luck to him and his growing family.  The Revolution will have a challenge in replacing Stevens, who was pegged for the starting rotation.  However, Revs Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball tells us a deal for another starting pitcher could be announced by the end of the week.  Stay tuned for that.

This is the second time Stevens has signed with the Revolution pre-season, only to sign with someone else prior to Revs spring camp.  In 2009 he inked a deal with York, but the Orioles swooped in and signed him to a minor league deal before he reported, and he spent that season pitching for the Frederick Keys in the Carolina League.

Stevens spent last season in the Twins organization at Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester, and is officially listed on the Revolution’s Inactive List.

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