UPDATED: Yanks sign Lyle Overbay

No, this is not a drill nor is it a joke:

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal, tweets Erik Boland of Newsday. Overbay was released this morning by the rival Red Sox, who avoided a $100K retention bonus in the process.

Overbay, 36, hit .259/.331/.397 in 131 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks and Braves last year. He was squeezed out in Boston due to their Mike Carp acquisition, but has found a potential opportunity with the Yankees due to a wrist injury that will sideline first baseman Mark Teixeira into May in the best case.

It’s only a Minor League deal but it’s actually not surprising. As soon as they were rumblings that Overbay was on his way out of Boston people were saying how the Yankees would scoop him up.

Have at it in the comments!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

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Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

15 thoughts on “UPDATED: Yanks sign Lyle Overbay

  1. I just threw up in my mouth a bit.

    Wasn't there ANYONE worse (older, more decrepit, farther down the slippery slope of decline) available?

    I'm not in NYC – so I can't NOT buy a season ticket. I can, however, pass on MLB.TV this year.

  2. Stacy, do you report this just to give us Yankee fans that "warm and fuzzy" feeling? Well, how about the
    Dan Otero pick up? Does that shore up the bullpen? I'm getting kind of ill!

  3. Again, Hal Steinbrenner NEVER wanted this… he only agreed to take control of the team because Steve Swindal (the son in law) fell out of favor…

    We're all seeing now why this was the case, Hal knew he was ill suited to run this type of business. he's a finance geek, a cut throat, self centered businessman.. running a type of "public business" like a sports team isn't suited to his style.. he's better off running businesses outside the public eye where he can be as cheap and selfish as he likes and no one cares

  4. Why wouldn't Yankee fans want to see the 2007 Blue Jays resurrected in pin stripes? After all, that was a great team…..

  5. I dont get hate on this. It's a minor league deal and the Yankees first baseman right now is Juan Rivera, who couldn't pick a wedgie right now. And I'd really like to know who is available that would be considerably better than him. Headley is hurt so no trade for him and while I'd love to see them trade for Olt but I dont think Cash will give up the extra guy it would take to pry him loose. Also, its a short term fix, remember that even if Tex misses the entire year he's still on contract for the until 2017, and I think Jeets recent ankle troubles foreshadow a shift to 3B or outfield in the near future.

  6. I get that but there really weren't options this offseason. Maybe they should have resigned Martin but it's not something I've been up in arms about. I'd rather have them spend in 2014 and 2015 than get locked in to something this offseason that they really didn't need (aside from Martin). I don't count Pierzynski because I think its foolish to spend for a catcher coming off his career year in his age 37 season.

  7. Rather than these has retreads, I would rather see if the Yanks could pry Justin Morneau away from the Twins.

  8. It's a good move if tex comes back within 2 months . This is the Yankees and its all about winning. If these guys can hold down the fort it's worth it .