Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Yankees Sign Lyle Overbay

That didn't take long.

This morning the Red Sox released Lyle Overbay, after he hit .220/.327/.341 in 49 plate appearances during Spring Training. After putting up a line of .259/.331/.397 in 2012, the Sox didn't feel compelled to keep Overbay around, not with Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, and the newly acquired Mike Carp sitting 1-2-3 on the depth chart at 1B.

Well, the Yankees have already pounced on Lyle and signed him to a minor league deal. No harm in seeing what the guy could do, I guess. After seeing that the Yankees will pay $100,000 to keep Juan Rivera around, though, I don't see Overbay's stay with the Yankees being a long one. We will either see him in Scranton soon, or will waiver goodbye to him for good.

EDIT: Overbay can opt-out of of his contract on Friday, giving the Yankees a few days to figure out what they want to do. Seeing as how Lyle has done little this spring, I don't see him overtaking Juan Rivera for the 1B gig. However, I guess it's possible Overbay could end up on the bench.

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