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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Twins - Signed Lamb and Everett
Minnesota Twins - Signed 1B-“3B” Mike Lamb to a 2-year contract; signed SS Adam Everett to 1-year contract.
Doing Twins entries is hard because if I’m not quick, Aaron Gleeman will beat me to it. He beat me on the Everett transaction and I have to agree with his points. The difference between weak-hitting Everett and weak-hitting Punto is that there’s really strong evidence that Everett’s glove is of an elite level and he’s at a hair on the harder side of the defensive spectrum. Using linear weighted zone rating, or LWZR (aka, the Dial Method), I get Everett at 59 runs better than average defensively over the last 4 years. I have Punto at 7 runs better it what combines to slightly less than a single season so while he’s apparently a good defensive 2B, he hasn’t played there a lot and the chances of him whipping out an Everettish +20 seems seem fairly long. I gave Everett an EX on my DMB disk for 2008, one of only three of the 22 teams I’ve projected (the others are Vizquel and Tulowitzki).
In other words, Everett’s a good enough defensive player that he’s a reasonable stopgap at SS, especially when the prospect of playing Casilla stares you in the face. A long-term contract wouldn’t be a good idea, though.
Lamb’s kind of the opposite. He’s a decent enough hitter, but he’s quite lousy at 3rd, probably in the -10 to -15 range. It will still be an upgrade over Punto last year, however. As I said, the Twins could improve a lot by simply finding non-terrible players for their holes and both Lamb and Everett fit that description.
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