Thursday fallout and now, forward
The Times offers the best take I think. Stone’s article has possibly the best paragraph:
Everett’s past has been riddled with controversy (see accompanying time line), and initial fan response toward his acquisition seems to be leaning heavily toward the negative. But the Mariners firmly believe Everett’s fiery attitude is just the jolt this team needs after two straight 90-loss seasons.
Folks, if a player requires an accompanying time line, that’s bad. The timeline, by the way, repeats again that the child abuse charges were dropped, which is an inadequate summary of what happened [edited 12/16 to clarify and add the link].
Stone also drops this bombshell (which, I’m sure, those of you hoping this is a 1-year stopgap at most will enjoy):
Everett signed a one-year, $3.4 million contract Wednesday with a club option for 2007 that includes a $600,000 buyout. But industry sources say the deal vests for 2007 with a very makeable threshold that kicks in the second season.
I’m not so sure that’ll happen. If he’s hitting, he’ll stick and vest. If he doesn’t, they’ll trade or move him as early as possible. And, as you’ve seen before, I don’t see it.
The PI’s coverage is just bad. The article on the transaction includes no mention of Everett’s issues and includes such infobits as
Everett hit 23 homers and drove in 87 runs while averaging .251 for the White Sox last season. He helped the Sox win their first World Series title since the days of the infamous Black Sox, but Chicago decided against picking up his option for 2006, freeing him to sign elsewhere.
“Helped”. Uh huh. His inspirational out-making caused the team to try even harder to make up for his poor hitting, and drove them to improve. Or does everyone on a Championship team help in some intangible way?
Levesque writes that Everett should shake up the clubhouse, which is good. And I thought was being provided by Willy Bloomquist, Eddie Guardado, Richie Sexson, and before that by that whole wave of 2004 guys with World Series rings.