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The Worst Offseason Signing
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/19/2006 3:15:00 PM
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I nominate Carl Everett for the worst offseason signing award. He is awful. Beyond awful. Four reasons that support his candidacy:

1. The Money
$4M for a player on the downside of his career who struggled with the injuries the past couple of years? And you don't even get any defense out of him.

2. Poor Skills
From '01-'05 he slugged .361 vs. lefties with a .674 OPS. Not exactly the kind of numbers one envisions from a DH.

3. Ripple Effect on the Club
Because Everett can't hit lefties, the team traded a top-10 prospect for a right-handed bat to platoon at DH.

4. Performance
Since June 1, his numbers are astonishingly bad:
.179/.228/.316 vs. RH
.143/.200/.143 vs. LH

How is it possible that the Mariners keep running this guy out there? He's quite possibly the worst everyday player in baseball. His RC/27 is 3.03, fifth worst in baseball. The bottom four (Angel Berroa, Ronny Cedeno, Yadier Molina, Adam Everett) at least provide decent to excellent fielding.


Though I agree with your statement and corroborating evidence, I still will opt for Rafael Furcal as being the worst offseason signing for 2006. Once again, Furcal has been wildly inconsistent in the field and now even his hitting is down from historical averages. The Dodgers invested way too much money in this overrated, overhyped shortstop when they could have saved money and signed a solid mid-tier guy.
Posted by gull33 at 7/20/2006 8:04:00 PM
Tony Batista and Rondell White can sure make their case. Big opportunity costs there as well.
Posted by schoenke at 7/21/2006 11:36:00 AM
I'd have to go with Burnett. The Blue Jays invested so much money in him knowing he was an injury risk- he has rewarded them so far this year with one victory.
Posted by palagator at 7/21/2006 1:51:00 PM
Everett keeps playing because Hargrove is a knucklehead. If the M's had played normally against the NL in June he'd be fired by now. What do you think might have changed during interleague play that made the Mariners better? Hmmmm let me think... No DH - No Everett.
Posted by mojomark at 7/21/2006 4:13:00 PM
Plus, Everett's insane. He doesn't believe there were dinosaurs.
Posted by cliss at 7/21/2006 6:29:00 PM
Posted by cliss at 7/21/2006 6:30:00 PM
Granted, Furcal's numbers are down. But he's also leading off for one of the best offenses in the NL. In the same way that Podsednik SOMEHOW sparks the Chisox lineup, so does furcal for teh dodgers, despite bad OBPs. Also, Carl indeed doesn't believe in dinosaurs, cuz he's never "seen one"...he does, however believe in jesus.
Posted by Will Schwarz at 7/22/2006 10:09:00 AM
Tony Batista is right there with Everett for worst signing. He got thrown out at first one game and kept running full speed down the right field line to the outfield wall as everybody wondered what the hell he was doing. It took him 2 minutes to finally get back in the dugout, which is nearly the time it took him to get to the outfield wall. He and Everett hang out quite often I'm sure.
Posted by schwang2u at 7/22/2006 12:19:00 PM
Good points all. However, Batista's OPS was .690 when he was released. Everett's is .660. Plus, Batista made $2.75M less than Everett. White ... yeah, he sucks. Lots of cash too. But he has been good in July, so maybe he is correcting; Everett is getting worse. At least Furcal has 25 stolen bases. And while his overall deal is much bigger than Everett's, he's making the same money this season. Burnett's signing might have been bad considering the injury risk, but Burnett hasn't been all that bad (47/9 K/BB in fact). His salary relative to his production puts him in the coversation, though.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/24/2006 10:36:00 AM
Anyone like a nomination for Esteban Loazia?

4-6 record with a 6.75 ERA, no control (1.76 WHIP), a stint on the DL and a DUI.

All for the nice low price of $6M (3yr/21M deal). Like Everett, there is minimal upside in him at this point in his career and he doesn't fit the bill for the A's who will have a reasonably hard time unloading his contract in a trade.
Posted by dvr9484 at 7/24/2006 11:04:00 AM
I vote for the Carl Pavano/Jaret Wright combo... they've been so useless, they merit getting called out again this year.
Posted by czegers at 7/25/2006 10:15:00 AM is reporting that Everett has been DFA'd, with Snelling being recalled.
Posted by mojomark at 7/26/2006 11:32:00 AM
Staying in the NW, all of Seattle's FA signings seem pointless (Johjima notable exception)...Washburn (9 Mil p/yr = 4 Wins), Everett and Lawton. Was Borchard a FA?
Posted by seattle_silverbacks at 7/26/2006 12:27:00 PM

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