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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tigers - Acquire Laird, Jackson, Sign Everett
Detroit Tigers - Signed SS Adam Everett to a 1-year, $1 million contract; Acquired C Gerald Laird from the Texas Rangers for P Carlos Melo and P Guillermo Moscoso; Acquired P Edwin Jackson from the Tampa Bay Rays for OF Matt Joyce.
No flashy moves here, but these do collectively improve the Tigers chances of being competitive in 2009, though they’re not significantly positive moves for the long haul. The Tigers allowed too many runs last season and while Laird and Everett are very ordinary players, they’re both good defensively and aren’t replacing players that were doing all that much for the team offensively last year. Everett has been a Gold Glove-caliber defender at short, but given that he’s going to be 32 in February and has recent shoulder problems, it remains to be seen if he can maintain the amazing defense he needs to be a starter.
Jackson was useful for the first time in ages, but he was still the weak link in a Ray rotation that has 5 better starters and a deep stable of pitching prospects even after Jacob McGee’s Tommy John surgery. I still think he’s likely to end up in the bullpen, where his command issues will be less apparent. He could have a nice Alan Mills-type career and be pretty valuable.
Matt Joyce is a good pickup for the Rays in that the team was pretty deficient of OF prospects in the upper-levels. People shouldn’t get the idea that he’s established anywhere near the .831 OPS that he put up in the majors, but he finally hit in the minors after two disappointing seasons, in which he showed little advancement, dropped him off a lot of prospect lists.
Laird was simply the odd man out in Texas, who have good organizational depth at catcher, though a few of their catchers are more of the “catcher” variety.
ZiPS Projection - Adam Everett (SS)
ZiPS Projection - Matt Joyce (RF)
ZiPS Projection - Gerald Laird (C)
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