For the second time in two weeks, the Oakland A's have lost a player to a waiver claim. Last week, Oakland lost left-handed reliever Jay Marshall, who had been designated for assignment when the team re-signed right-hander Justin Duchscherer. Marshall was claimed by the New York Mets. On Friday, Oakland lost first-baseman Tom Everidge to the Seattle Mariners. Everidge had been designated for assignment when the A's re-signed DH Jack Cust.
Everidge's move to Seattle ends a six-year tenure in the Oakland system for the North Bay native. Everidge was the A's 10th round selection in 2004 out of Sonoma State University. He spent six seasons in the A's farm system, playing for all of the A's US affiliates, with the exception of the A's Rookie League team in Arizona.
Everidge was one of the A's top right-handed minor league power bats over the past six years. From 2006 through last season, he hit at least 20 homeruns and drove-in at least 83 runs in each season. In 2008, Everidge was the Texas League's RBI leader with 115. In six minor league seasons, he has a career line of .280/.355/.471 with 108 homers and 504 RBIs.
The 2009 season was Everidge's best as a member of the A's organization. In 107 games split between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento, Everidge batted .335 with 20 homers and 94 RBIs. He also had a 958 OPS. Everidge made his major league debut with the A's in 2009 and his first hit was a double off of Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. He hit .224 with a 667 OPS in 85 at-bats with the A's. Everidge was named by Scout.com as the A's 39th best prospect heading into the 2010 season.
In moving to Seattle, Everidge may have a clearer path to the big leagues. Over the past five seasons, Everidge has been stuck behind Daric Barton on the A's first base depth chart and now two top A's first base prospects, Chris Carter and Sean Doolittle, are nearing the major leagues. In addition, Oakland acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jake Fox from the Chicago Cubs this off-season and he figures to see time at first with the A's in 2010.
The Mariners currently have two other first-basemen on their 40-man roster, Casey Kotchman and Mike Carp. Both Carp and Kotchman are left-handed hitters.