According to the Tiger's twitter feed and various outlets, the Tigers have resigned Adam Everett to a 1 year deal.
Meanwhile, Ramon Santiago quietly wonders if he'll ever get the chance to start.
I'm not an expert but I do watch nearly every Tigers game all year and I don't know what anybody sees in Everett. I would go with Santiago, I think he is a lot better fielder, and is decent with the bat. Runs bases better as well.
While Santiago does swing a better bat, Everett is by FAR the better fielder. They're both around 30 and not getting any younger - I have no problem with this move.
Just to back this up with some numbers:
Everett last season posted a 13.6 UZR/150, which was the 3rd best of all SS in MLB.
Santiago had a -6.4 UZR/150.
UZR/150 (ultimate zone rate per 150 games): The number of runs above or below average a fielder is, per 150 defensive games.
No way Everett is a better fielder than Santiago. I'm not saying Santiago is great, but Everett was bad for someone who has only 1 function on the team and that is his fielding. Just wondering, How did you feel about Edgar Renteria's fielding a couple years ago? I thought he was equally as bad as Everett.
Read my reply to myself in which I have stats to back it up. I don't go by "feel" to see how good a fielder is. I go to UZR.
Just one example - if someone has poor range (cough Jeter), they'll make some above-average difficulty plays looks ridiculous, while a player with great range and reflexes makes it look easy. UZR is a a stat that quantifies how good a player's defense is compared to the "average" player.
It's hard to determine if a player is a good fielder or not just by watching games and going with "feel". That's why they came up with UZR.
As for Renteria, he was pretty poor with a -0.8 UZR/150.
Everett had some ABs last season that made me wonder if he had ever swung a bat in his life. Specifically I recall an AB late in the season with the go-ahead run on 3rd with 1 gone, and he proceeds to swing at 3 straight pitches in the dirt. Seriously?
I don't like Everett either, but I'm glad DD didn't waste money n get Marco Scutaro after just 1 good year. I love the Tigers, but I feel like they'll have trouble competing until the money they have invested in Bondo, Robertson, and Dontrelle is freed up.
about DD wasting money, he has already wasted about 70 million in players that don't even play.
So when you sign a player to a long term deal, do you just ask your magic eight ball if they are going to get hurt?
Agree with MH20. Some of Everett's swings were just wack. Didn't they just sign Crosby at SS?
I think Everett will move over to 2B to fill the gaping hole left by Polanco's signing with the Phillies. For a team that scored so few runs per game, I'm shocked they let Polanco (arguably their most consistent hitter) go. Oh well, that's why DD gets paid the big bucks and I don't.
Signed everett to a very good deal, 1.55 million for one year. He's a cheap player, am excellent fielder, and fills a big hole. I'd like a SS who can hit, but they can't afford one.
Traded Rapada to Rangers for a PTBNL, or cash. Meh...noone really cares either way...
They also signed a lefty, Brad Thomas, out of the Korean or Japanese league. He's interesting, came up with twins in 01, so knapp might be familiar with him, won a ring with the BoSox. What I've heard is fastball that sits around 91, touches 95ish, wicked slider in the low eighties. So decent stuff, I assume he has command or injury problems due to his absence from the majors since like 06.
Overall, not a bad day. Rumor is a lot if interest in E-jack, 12 teams, so more news might come soon.
i'd rather go with everett over santiago, but regardless, we were going to sign someone, and our only other option was bobby crosby...
do yourselves a favor and dont invest too much into this season. once maggs, bondo, d-train and nate come off the books (like 60+ million), we're going to be able to spend a little next season.
The real issue here is that Tigers' ownership is going cheap, which is understandable, but does not bode well.