The Twins signed shortstop Adam Everett to a one-year contract on Thursday.

This plugs the shortstop hole created by the trade of Jason Bartlett and gives some definition to their infield. Ron Gardenhire, asked during the winter meetings last week about the infield, said, "First base, I got covered." Now he's got short covered again also.

Everett can't hit, but he is probably the best defensive shortstop in the game today. Aaron Gleeman here delves into the various sophisticated defensive measurements available to the public; Everett is at or very near the top in all of them.

The flip side, of course, is that the man can't hit major league pitching. No power, no walks, no speed, no offensive game. He is, I believe, less productive at the plate than Nick Punto.

But the defense is strong enough — or at least it has been; he missed most of last season after fracturing his fibula — to carry his bat. He'll help the starting pitchers make it to the seventh inning.

And if the Twins are indeed seriously considering using Craig Monroe or Delmon Young in CF, somebody's got to catch the ball.


Barring further roster activity — and there will be more moves — and assuming the Twins carry 12 pitchers, here's how the roster of position players shapes up:

Catchers: Joe Mauer, Mike Redmond

Infielders: Justin Morneau, Nick Punto, Everett, Brendan Harris, two of Alexi Castilla, Brian Buescher and Alejandro Machado

Outfielders Young, Monroe, Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, one of Jason Pridie and Denard Span

CF figures to be a problem. If the infield is Morneau, Punto, Harris and Everett — that's not much offense outside of first base.

Line 'em up:

1) Punto 2B

2) Kubel DH

3) Mauer C

4) Young CF

5) Morneau 1B

6) Cuddyer RF

7) Monroe LF

8) Harris/Buescher 3B

9) Everett SS

I doubt anybody in the organization is satisfied with that.

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