Monday, August 1, 2011

Lyle Overbay

As expected, first baseman Lyle Overbay was DFA'ed today when Derrek Lee arrived in town. The news was first reported by Dejan Kovacevic of the Tribune Review and later confirmed by the team. He signed a one-year contract for $5M in the off season; the Pirates are still on the hook for $1.65M.

Overbay, 34, had a .227/.300/.349 line in 391 plate appearances this year with eight homers and 37 RBI. His defensive skills also began to diminish. However, he did have enough left in the tank to homer in his last at-bat as a Pirate yesterday against the Phils.

After being drafted out of high school in 1999, Overbay began his MLB career with Arizona in 2001, moved on to Milwaukee and then Toronto before signing with Pittsburgh. In 11 seasons, his batting line was .270/130/561.

The Pirates have ten days to trade, waive or release Overbay. One more player has to be removed from the 25-man roster to clear space for OF'er Ryan Ludwick.

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