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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Curious move as Twins sign Everett

About 30 minutes ago the Twins announced their signing of free agent SS Adam Everett. Everett became expendable from the Houston Astros lineup as they acquired SS Miguel Tejada from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade.

This signing is very peculiar to me. The terms of deal have not yet been released and I'm sure Everett comes at a bargain cost. To his credit he is one of the best defensive shortstops in the Major Leagues; however, I would call Everett a poor hitter (and that is being kind). Last year, Everett hit .232 with 2 homeruns and 15 RBIs in an injury shortened season that limited to 66 games. He is career .248 hitter with only 35 lifetime homeruns and 214 RBIs.

Clearly, we know the Twins value defensive skills and it is true that Everett will be a defensive upgrade over Bartlett who is a good defensive player himself. The Twins now have four infielders in Everett, Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla, and Brendan Harris who can play 2B, SS, and 3B. It will be unknown which player will field which position until the end of spring training in March. Each player has either a defensive, offensive, or baserunning strength coupled with a significant weakness. I would like to think that Twins will still go out and acquire a thirdbaseman who can defend, but more importantly, can hit.

Here's a link to the Everett news.

Let me know how you feel about Adam Everett? I'm off to watch the Mitchell report!


Scott D. Meyer said...

I don't know. ever since greg gagne we have this need to have infielders that are really boring. it's hard to believe that there are only 29 men in this world who can hit and field at a high level. can't we find one?

Scott D. Meyer said...

and now we're getting his friend from the astros too? sounds like it will be an interesting spring training...but good to see that Haren was traded and that the Yankees admitted they were still going after Santana. Let the bidding wars begin (or continue).