Lyle Overbay Has No-Trade Clause

Lyle Overbay has a no-trade clause, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The first baseman still has $2.8MM remaining on his $7MM contract and there aren’t many contenders for whom Overbay’s bat would be an upgrade, so Morosi’s source doubts the clause will become an issue this month.

Overbay will become a free agent after the season and the Blue Jays have top prospect Brett Wallace poised to take over at first, but they don't necessarily want to deal Overbay. The 33-year-old has recovered from a slow start and his line now stands at .251/.329/.413, but it’s hard to imagine that contenders other than the Angels would give him much of a look. That said, the no-trade clause is worth noting, since a lot can change in a week.


46 Responses to Lyle Overbay Has No-Trade Clause Leave a Reply

  1. aap212 5 years ago

    Every day it seems more appropriate that J.P. Ricciardi went from the current GM chair to the Steve Phillips chair.

  2. TVReviewsion 5 years ago

    There’s been a lot of talk about no-trade clauses this trade deadline, hasn’t there?

  3. sfarstad 5 years ago

    Lyle doesn’t need a no-trade clause. His season has been assurance enough.

  4. ukJaysfan 5 years ago

    I don’t mind if the Jays trade Overbay to the Angels. Maybe for a low level prospect, just to say we got a warm body for him? L.A. and Lyle would be a nice little fit for the end of the season.

    • I would be happy to get a roll of toilet paper for Overbay. I don’t think Wallace is ready, but come on – how awesome would it be to sign Delgado as the stop gap? A chance to hit 500 HR with the team he spent the majority of his career with.

      Just sayin’. Love me some Carlos.

      • ukJaysfan 5 years ago

        Yeah I’d love to see Carlos back for a farewell and get some love. I just don’t think the current administration is terribly concerned with the Retro thing any more (Cito notwithstanding).

  5. iains 5 years ago

    No trade clauses aren’t really that big a deal. More a negotiating position than an outright rejection. Most pending free agents would prefer to go to a contender. It’s not like Overbay would end up with the Pirates. But of course if there’s no one willing to deal, then it’s a moot point anyway.

  6. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    Is it possible for the Twins to be interested since Morneau is out with a concussion? Can’t remember if he came back…

    • iains 5 years ago

      Morneau is currently on the disabled list. I guess John McDonald rung his bell pretty good

    • ukJaysfan 5 years ago

      Morneau is still on the 15 day DL. No reported due date for his return, probably because concussions are tricky to predict.

      • Sniderlover 5 years ago

        So can’t they target Overbay since they are in the playoffs hunt and Overbay would make a decent gap stop.

        • ukJaysfan 5 years ago

          I said that a few posts up.

          • ukJaysfan 5 years ago

            Never mind, I’m an idiot. I read ‘Twins’ but had ‘Angels’ on the brain. Sorry.

  7. patrick_mccaw 5 years ago

    Has there been a star athelete in Toronto the last 5 years without a NTC?

  8. Stating Lyle’s numbers in the article as such fails to account for two important points. The major turnaround that occurred around June, and the fact that he is one of the best fielding 1B in the Majors. A left-handed bat that is now swinging well and that plays some great defense could have place on a number teams.
    I think it will come down to more whether or how much of Lyle’s contract they are willing to eat (which is probably a lot).

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Ah, defensive reputation. The last refuge of the white first baseman who can’t hit adequately.

      • oh hey doug mientkiewicz! I didn’t know you posted on this site!

        • aap212 5 years ago

          Throw me a compliment! I’ll make a needlessly dramatic swooping catch to accept it!

  9. Article is a little misleading. Overbay has a partial no-trade clause and it’s thought to exclude every team that is currently in contention.

    • My post was misleading as well. None of the teams that are looking for a 1B are thought to be on the list.

    • My post was misleading as well. None of the teams that are looking for a 1B are thought to be on the list.

  10. jeffdg 5 years ago

    He would be a nice to addition to many teams, even as a bench player — assuming the Jays would pay his contract and take a medium grade prospect. I think he moves, and i think he moves in a package that includes another Blue Jay or two.

    He is so much better than he stats indicate..

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      his stats are respectable to good at most positions on the diamond, just not a 1b.

  11. jeffdg 5 years ago

    He would be a nice to addition to many teams, even as a bench player — assuming the Jays would pay his contract and take a medium grade prospect. I think he moves, and i think he moves in a package that includes another Blue Jay or two.

    He is so much better than he stats indicate..

  12. lionofsenate 5 years ago

    Pretty weak analysis on Overbay. He makes an excellent addition to a contender’s bench. it is fairly obvious he is not a starting quality 1b on a contender, who in the world thinks that? That is not in doubt. But Overbay is one of the most attractive bench options and I think it is certain he will be in demand.

  13. jeffdg 5 years ago

    Great character guy, plays great D, and when he is on..he can rake.

    • I think that’s what people fail to see. The problem is, he’s a 1st baseman. I’d take his stats at any other position.

  14. Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

    He did put up an OBP of .378 in June and has a slash line of .323/.380/.538/.919 so far in July. If the Jays can wait until it’s closer to the non-waiver deadline to eat more of the contract, and offer to pay 75% of what’s left of his contract I think they’ll get 2 or 3 takers. Won’t get an amazing return though.

  15. Red_Line_9 5 years ago

    Wow! Who thought giving Overbay a no-trade clause was a good idea? Talk about hamstringing the Jays down the road. Overbay. If he wanted that in the contract they should have told him to find another team to give it to him. Is this truly what it takes to get average players to play in Toronto?

  16. moonraker45 5 years ago

    “Morneau wont be out for too long”….thats what they kept saying about Hill in 08

  17. TheodoreRoosevelt 5 years ago

    Ah, that Keith Law. Such a scamp.

  18. TheodoreRoosevelt 5 years ago

    Ah, that Keith Law. Such a scamp.

  19. moonraker45 5 years ago

    I obviously hope thats not the case. but concussion injuries are hard to deal with and hard to accurately depict a return date. .

  20. moonraker45 5 years ago

    I obviously hope thats not the case. but concussion injuries are hard to deal with and hard to accurately depict a return date. .

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