I guess this means Adam Everett is officially retired.
Everett was released by Cleveland in the middle of his 11th big-league season last June, and the light-hitting, Gold Glove-caliber shortstop has decided to end his playing career and join the Indians’ front office as a “special assistant to baseball operations.”
Everett hit just .242 with a .294 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage in 880 games and never won a Gold Glove, but consistently rated among the elite shortstops in baseball according to various defensive metrics. He also earned about $12 million in addition to the signing bonus he received as the Red Sox’s first-round pick in 1998, so all in all that’s a pretty solid career.
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.