Two down, one to go.
The Tigers had three areas of need coming into the Winter Meetings. They addressed the first slot with the acquisition of catcher Gerald Laird from Texas.
And now, the second position has been addressed, with the Tigers coming to terms with shortstop Adam Everett on a one year deal worth $1 million, plus incentives.
In 2008, Everett hit just .213 in limited action for the Minnesota Twins. Prior to his year with Minnesota, Everett spent seven seasons with the Astros, including two seasons as the team's everyday shortstop; 2005 and 2006. Everett, always known as a defense-first player, has a career .246 average.
Everett is expected to compete with Ramon Santiago for playing time at shortstop. It is not yet known who will receive the bulk of the playing time or if the Tigers will likely platoon the duo.
The signing follows with the Tigers belief that they'll have enough offense regardless of who else they put on the field, and felt it necessary to concentrate on upgrading their defense. The acquisitions of Everett and Laird also means the Tigers should have additional funds available to help upgrade the final remaining position of concern; closer.