Red Sox Get Everett
A Key Switch For Boston
When the Red Sox obtained centerfielder Carl Everett from the Astros last month for prospects Adam Everett and Greg Miller, Houston manager Larry Dierker told Boston, 'You just got the best clutch hitter in our league from the seventh inning on." Red Sox G.M. Dan Duquette, referring to his shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra, says, "We already have the best clutch hitter in our league."
The switch-hitting Everett batted 341 in the late innings of close games, 11th best in the National League. Garciaparra, who hits righthanded, ranked third in the American League in that situation (.385). Now it's up to manager Jimy Williams to figure out where each will hit in the batting order. So far he's not saying. Garciaparra, the American League batting champ (.357) while hitting cleanup, and Everett, the third-best number 5 hitter in the National League while protecting MVP runner-up Jeff Bagwell, say they have no preference.
"We have a righthanded hitter, a switch-hitter and a lefthanded hitter [leftfielder Troy O'Leary] in the middle of the lineup," Duquette says. "It's an ideal situation no matter how it works out."
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