Everett will fill the No. 9 hole in the batting order quite nicely (His offensive numbers are pretty Puntoian) but, more importantly, he has been the goods at shortstop for a number of years (since 2003) – excellent range, a good (possibly Gold) glove and a solid arm. He missed three months of last season with a fractured fibula.
So that seems to turn Brendan Harris into the leading candidate to play second base with Bill Smith still looking for a third baseman (and a center fielder). Punto becomes a three-position reserve and emergency outfielder and, one can hope, a candidate for no more than 200 at-bats.
An interesting look at Everett by Stick and Ball Guy’s ubelmann can be found here.
This also diminishes the need for the Twins to get minor-leaguer Jed Lowrie from the Red Sox. Not that signing Everett would have much impact on what’s going to happen with the Johan situation, but it could change the dynamic of those trade discussions. Kevin Youkilis, please?