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Controversial Everett traded to Texas

Dec. 13, 2001 at 12:29 PM   |   Comments

BOSTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Carl Everett's tumultuous tenure with the Boston Red Sox is over. The Red Sox gave up on the talented but volatile outfielder late Wednesday night, trading him to the Texas Rangers for lefthanded starter Darren Oliver.

Everett, 30, has been one of the focal points of the annual winter meetings, which are being held at the Boston Sheraton.

The Red Sox planned to rid themselves of the controversial slugger but knew their options would be limited because of Everett's attitude and salary. He is owed $17 million over the next two years.

"We are not blind. It is well-documented the problems Carl has had in Boston," Rangers General Manager John Hart said. "At the same time, we recognize the opportunity for a new fresh start in

Texas."

"It was a trade that was necessary for the team and necessary for Carl to play in another market," Red Sox General Manager Dan Duquette said. "Now he gets a fresh start and we get a fresh start for our club."

Everett is coming off a dismal season in which he batted just .257 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and 104 strikeouts in 102 games. His anger with then-Manager Jimy Williams flared up in spring training and carried over to the regular season. With All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra sidelined, Everett failed to assume a leadership role and

instead continued his feud with Williams, who was fired in mid-August.

His season finally came to an end in mid-September but his desire to overcome a right knee injury was called into question by some of his teammates and by the end of the season it was

apparent that he was not wanted around the team. Duquette knew moving Everett would be essential to improving chemistry in the delicate clubhouse and was rumored to be shopping him to Milwaukee, San Diego or Tampa Bay.

But Everett's temper was legendary. He reportedly was fined repeatedly for team violations and suspended once by the team this year and for 10 games by the league in 2000. His

willingness to criticize superiors often put him in the spotlight but he had no love for the media, often blaming them for his problems with management.

Everett and Boston seemed a perfect match in 2000, as the switch hitter batted .300 with 34 homers, 108 RBI and earned his first All-Star selection. He is a career .278 hitter and now joins a lineup that features one of the best middle of the orders with stars Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez.

Oliver, 31, was 11-11 in 2001, his first double-digit win season since 1996. The veteran starter was hit hard last season, allowing 189 hits in 154 innings and has never delivered on the promise he showed in winning 14 games for the Rangers in 1996.

He has a lifetime record of 67-60 with a 5.04 ERA in 232 games -- 177 starts. He joins a rotation in flux as ace Pedro Martinez, Frank Castillo and former closer Derek Lowe are set, but the other two spots may be up for grabs.

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