It's official...ish USS Mariner is saying the Everett signing has happened. I really can't put it any better than they did, so check out the link.
I'm really interested to see how the M's management spins this. His numbers don't justify the move, he's no help in the field, you could find plenty of people who will give you his production for way cheaper, and he's a total jackass. What can they possibly say?
Update: It's official.
Here's what they're saying:
Bavasi-"Carl Everett is a clutch-hitting run producer with power. As a switch-hitter, he provides our lineup with added versatility. Carl is a winner, most recently as a member of the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox. His experience and intensity will be welcome additions to our clubhouse." My head is spinning from trying to count the cliches in that quote.
Hargrove-"Having him in my lineup gives us some of the left-handed sock and run production we were looking for." Everett hit .246 left-handed last year.
Mike L-"This move sucks."
Look at the stats that the official site brought up:
-He did not make an error over 22 starts in the outfield last year. OOOOH! Put him in center with those numbers!!!
-Everett is one of six switch-hitters in Major League history (and the only player to accomplish the feat in successive seasons) to record 100 RBI in each league (108 with Houston in 1999 and Boston in 2000). I'm dusting off my time machine as we speak.
Let's face it, the M's have signed a homophobic, dinosaur-hating, switch-hitting version of Bret Boone.