Adam Everett Signing a No-Brainer for the Tigers

December 7, 2008 at 9:26 am 2 comments


The Detroit Tigers were in need of a shortstop and names like Jack Wilson, Orlando Cabrera, and Adam Everett among others have been rumored. The Tigers didn’t have the payroll to go after Rafael Furcal so they turned their attention to signing Adam Everett and it makes all the sense in the world.

Adam Everett is not a great hitter. In fact, he is not even a league average hitter. He is a career .246/.298/.355 with an OPS+ of 69. He has little power but probably as much as Jack Wilson, he has good speed, and is a good baserunner. In limited at-bats last season (127) he posted 12 walks agains just 15 strikeouts so maybe he has learned a little patience but it’s too small of a sample size to get excited about. Needless to say, his bat is not an asset.

His glove on the other hand, HUGE asset. Beyond the Boxscore has a nice rating of Everett in comparison with Wilson here. Adding each player’s batting value and defensive value they suggest that Everett is worth 2.4 wins above replacement level and Wilson is 2.9 wins. Wilson edges Everett but when Wilson would’ve cost the Tigers at least one good prospect and over $7M this year they turned to Everett for $1M. Great value!

Fangraphs, which is becoming one of my favorite sites, uses a different rating and they have Everett at 1.5 wins which, again, is a steal for $1M.

Everett’s glove has also recieved the highest +/- rating in Bill James Handbook ever for a single season and I believe (I have to double check it) he has the highest +/- total of any player for their career since the defensive metric was created.

It goes without saying that Everett’s defense will add more wins than his bat will cost in wins at a very low cost for a team that badly needs help on defense, especially up the middle. The pitching staff of the Tigers should be very happy right now since they added possibly the best defensive player in the game and a very good defensive catcher in Gerald Laird within 24 hours.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  December 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I think Everett the most underrated defensive shortshop in the league. Yes, he’s been hampered by some lingering injuries the last few seasons, but I think could be home in Detroit for several years potentionally. If they keep some of those big hitters in the lineup his offensive stats should adequete enough, probably in the nine hole.

    I approve.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I agree about Everett. I think he is possibly in the top 5 best defensive shortstops of all-time. I said it! I really think he is. I don’t see him in Detroit for too long, especially since it’s a one year deal. They think Cale Iorg is their SS of the future but he has a long way to go. I could see Everett, if healthy, sign with the Tigers again in the offseason.


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