Everett still interested in playing

Don’t confuse Adam Everett’s midseason release with retirement. Everett, the Tigers’ opening day shortstop the last two seasons before Detroit dropped him in June, is interested in playing next season, according to agent Keith Grunewald. The surehanded veteran, who will turn 34 in February, has received interest from several teams.

There are no mysteries to Everett’s assets at this point. He’s a defensive strength at shortstop who can provide leadership skills in a clubhouse. He is not going to provide a lot of punch at the plate. He batted .238 with a .613 OPS in a full season for Detroit in 2009, sharing time at shortstop with Ramon Santiago. He was batting .185 (15-for-81) with five doubles, four RBIs and 18 strikeouts when the Tigers released him June 15.

Out of 823 career Major League games with the Astros, Twins and Tigers, Everett has played only once at a position other than shortstop. That was a late-game appearance at second base for Minnesota in 2008 after entering a game as a pinch-runner. Thus, it’s difficult to consider Everett as a utility player. As a shortstop, though, he could be an intriguing late-game substitute and part-time starter.

— Jason Beck

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