Adam Everett didn’t latch on with a new team after the Tigers released him in early June, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old shortstop is still looking to play in 2011 and “has received interest from several teams.”
Everett is one of the best, most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball history and once upon a time his great glove made up for a punchless bat. However, at age 34 he’s slipped from extraordinary to simply very good defensively and his hitting has gone from bad to horrendous.
Everett hit just .185 in 31 games for the Tigers prior to being released and has batted .224 with a .276 on-base percentage and .313 slugging percentage in 197 games since breaking his leg in mid-2007. During that time he has the third-worst OPS of anyone with at least 600 plate appearances, with his .589 mark ranking ahead of only Jeff Mathis and Willy Taveras.
His glove is still good enough for Everett to be a serviceable utility man, but his days of starting are over.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are making “major progress” on a contract extension. Molina told the team he won’t discuss an extension during the season, hence the rapid progress.
Molina is entering the last guaranteed year of a five-year, $75 million contract signed in March 2012. He and the Cardinals hold a mutual option worth $15 million with a $2 million buyout for the 2018 season. The new extension would presumably cover at least the 2018-19 seasons and likely ’20 as well.
Molina is 34 years old but is still among the most productive catchers in baseball. Last season, he hit .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles, 58 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 581 plate appearances. Though he has lost a step or two with age, Molina is still well-regarded for his defense. The Cardinals also value his ability to handle the pitching staff.