M’s Claim Tommy Everidge

Dave · January 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The Mariners made a waiver claim today, grabbing first baseman Tommy Everidge off waivers from the A’s. Everidge is Tacoma-bound, so don’t get too excited about this unless you’re a Rainiers fan. He’s basically the 2010 version of Chris Shelton – a right-handed first baseman with some offensive ability to provide depth if the M’s have any injures.

It’s interesting that the M’s were willing to use a 40-man roster spot on this type of player this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the M’s try to sneak Everidge back through waivers the next time they need a roster spot. If he gets through, they have their right-handed Triple-A first baseman. If he doesn’t, no big loss.


24 Responses to “M’s Claim Tommy Everidge”

  1. Miles on January 15th, 2010 1:12 pm

    There certainly have been a few players brought in with some sort of connection to Wakamatsu. Is this another?

    Figgins, Hannahan, Kotchman, Bradley and now Everidge. I’m assuming Wakamatsu has seen this guy at a spring training or two.

  2. stevie_j13 on January 15th, 2010 1:20 pm

    Everidge did tear up AAA last year, having the highest AVG., coming in 2nd in OPS, 9th in ISO, 6th in OBP, and 3rd in SLG among players with at least 200 PA. He also has a pretty decent track record in AA and below. Everidge is starting to get up there in age (will be 27 for most of the season), but he makes a lot of sense, especially if someone gets hurt. I like the move.

  3. Paul B on January 15th, 2010 1:31 pm

    I’m surprised that the A’s dumped him. It may be an indication of the state of the A’s, that they have no room on their 40 man for a firstbaseman with some upside. Basically, the poster child for freely available talent with many years of club control.

    I guess is what I’m saying is that if this is the worst player on the A’s 40 man, then they should have a decent team in the near future.

  4. Paul B on January 15th, 2010 1:36 pm

    Here’s an interesting tidbit. On Baseball-reference, on his minor league page it says he is 6’1″ and 215 pounds.

    On his major league page, it says he is 6’0″ and 240 pounds.

    Maybe the A’s released him because he is both shrinking and gaining weight.

  5. joser on January 15th, 2010 1:44 pm

    I think you’d expect a 27 year old to tear up AAA. If the A’s were especially high on him, they wouldn’t have put him through waivers. It indeed may say something about the A’s that he’s the guy they let go, but what it says may just be “they have more excess RH 1B than any other type of player.”

    He’s basically the 2010 version of Chris Shelton – a right-handed first baseman with some offensive ability to provide depth if the M’s have any injures….If he gets through, they have their right-handed Triple-A first baseman. If he doesn’t, no big loss.

    There’s just an effectively infinite supply of guys like this, isn’t there? And thus the term “Replacement Level.”

  6. Mike Snow on January 15th, 2010 2:40 pm

    I would guess one reason they’re willing to use a 40-man roster spot on this kind of player is because they’re not using one on a righthanded “first baseman” who can only DH anymore.

  7. Snake Hippo on January 15th, 2010 2:57 pm

    He’s fat.

  8. et_blankenship on January 15th, 2010 3:01 pm

    Is GMZ assembling a fat farm in Tacoma? Is this some sort of obscure love letter to Prince Fielder? Tommy Everidge is a 250-pound keg with limbs and Brad Nelson is exactly same, only 30 pounds heavier. I wonder what Walter Young is doing these days, aside from getting ready to join the M’s in Peoria?

  9. bbreece on January 15th, 2010 3:45 pm

    It’s great to see Jack adding talent at the minor league level but can we add somewhere other then the corner infield spots?

    With that said I am thrilled to have both Nelson and Everidge with the Rainiers this year.

  10. diderot on January 15th, 2010 4:38 pm

    Maybe the A’s released him because he is both shrinking and gaining weight.

    Believe me, it happens.

  11. Arron on January 15th, 2010 5:04 pm

    Does this pickup and the Nelson signing mean they have given up on Carp and have decided to include him in a package for an upgrade at SP or the RH OF/DH?

  12. Paul B on January 15th, 2010 6:00 pm

    Does this pickup and the Nelson signing mean they have given up on Carp

    My guess, probably not, although who knows.

    I’d guess this is like what Tony Blengino was talking about Wednesday on Hot Stove when he said they like to have backup plans for their backup plans.

  13. Liam on January 15th, 2010 6:38 pm

    Does this pickup and the Nelson signing mean they have given up on Carp

    I wouldn’t think so.

    Tommy Everidge and Brad Nelson are 26/27 while Mike Carp is only 23. They could lose Everidge if they try to pass him through waivers and Nelson is only under contract for one year.

    If you don’t have a plan B, C and D you could end up with Miguel Cairo as your major league starting first baseman.

  14. Bad Moon on January 15th, 2010 7:04 pm

    He’s fat.

    With Carlos Silva gone, we no longer had a bovine sized target for fat jokes. The universe abhors a vacuum.

  15. Marinersmanjk on January 15th, 2010 7:08 pm

    How much is he being paid? From what I saw last year he wasn’t too bad. He didn’t stand out, but he wasn’t terrible. Who knows he could have a huge year in AAA make an impact on the 2011 team when we have more room. Another good move by Z as I see it.

  16. dmanjam on January 15th, 2010 7:56 pm

    I’m a Tacoma Rainiers fan that hopes Jack cares about us, with this move I think maybe he does.

  17. bongo on January 15th, 2010 8:17 pm

    I understand the plan B, C and D angle, but why the emphasis on first base? We don’t collect short stops or 2nd basemen with this much enthusiasm. Last year, the Rainiers had first basemen playing left field (LaHair), DH (Nelson/Shelton), First Base (Shelton/Carp) and occasionally right field. LaHair and Shelton had about as good a season for the Rainiers as could be expected, yet even after Brayan was injured they weren’t promoted, only Carp was. Did we really need plans B, C, D and E??

  18. Dave on January 15th, 2010 8:47 pm

    We just signed Chris Woodward last week, and Corey Patterson a month ago. We’re stockpiling minor league depth everywhere.

  19. TumwaterMike on January 15th, 2010 8:53 pm

    Do you think the M’s might look at Eric Byrnes?

  20. Brooks on January 15th, 2010 9:04 pm

    Personally, I hope this guy makes the team straight out of ST, he went to the same university that I matriculated for my undergrad.

  21. Liam on January 15th, 2010 9:36 pm

    The Mariners resigned Josh Wilson back in December, so there’s another shortstop.

  22. Dadsakrazycoach on January 15th, 2010 10:46 pm

    OAKLAND A’s fan here,and I’m really happy a QUALITY Major League team picked up Tommy Everidge today. If Tommy makes the big club he’ll be an instant fan favorite. As an A’s fan and a personal friend,we’ll miss him here locally! It’s great that he gets a fresh start with a good ballclub and a great coach in Wakamatsu.Don’t be fooled by the fact that the A’s put him on waivers-he’s a good defensive first baseman and if given time will hit in the .280-.295 area with 20-30HR. The A’s have mistreated him for years as Higher paid prospects have passed him by and done NOTHING after.He led Double A in HR 2yrs and batted .380 in AAA Sacramento last year,you don’t hit .380 at ANY level by mistake.Doubled off the Green Monster off PAPLEBON then a week later the A’s decide he can’t hit right handed pitching. The guy can RAKE! He was stuck in a system where Billy Beane is seen as a Genius but us Oakland fans are growing very tired of the act-you can look at the recent trades yourself and see this club has NO direction.Oh and I didn’t mention our idiot manager (Beanes best man at his wedding and BFF ) who’s blank stares and lack of any enthusiasm or managerial skills make us long for Art Howe,when we could have promoted Ron Washington or Wakamastsu. I’m glad he’s getting a fresh start and I hope Seattle welcomes him and gives him the chance he deserves, he will do outstanding both on the field and in the community. Just bought a MARINER hat today and I plan on wearing it when Seattle plays the A’s in Oakland.

  23. FelixIsNotFermin on January 16th, 2010 2:59 pm

    I saw Evereridge for the first time in the series at Safeco late in the season. After watching him at the plate, regradless of his minor league track record, I immediately developed a bit of crush on the fat man. He has a good eye for the strike zone, hit’s the ball hard and isn’t shy in taking a free pass. I thought about him being a part of the M’s organizational focus on plate discipline and am very happy to see this move to add depth to the 1st base position. Low risk move with potential reward. Well done.

  24. joser on January 16th, 2010 3:31 pm

    Fat and a fan favorite… it’s Bucky 2.0!

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