Overbay Prepared To Hit Open Market

Despite a strong finish to the 2010 campaign, first baseman Lyle Overbay is unsure if he has a future with the Blue Jays, writes Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.  With changes around the corner in Toronto, Overbay says that he's less-than-thrilled about the prospect of being part of a rebuilding effort.

"The situation has got to be right," the 33-year-old said. "Obviously, it's not going to be a long-term deal. So, if they take a step back, I just don't see myself coming into that. It's not going to help them and it's not going to help me, because I'm not going to be part of the winning part of it."

The Blue Jays have options to turn to if they decide not to retain Overbay, though they all come with question marks.  Designated hitter Adam Lind was auditioned at first base this year but GM Alex Anthopoulos admitted that the available sample size (eleven games) was not enough to judge his fielding.  Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are other possible candidates but Bastian writes that Toronto will look out-of-house for a new first baseman in 2011 if they don't hang on to Overbay.


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14 Comments on "Overbay Prepared To Hit Open Market"


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Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

The market is prepared to welcome Overbay. I say he is a candidate to surprise some people on a new team next year. Say for example, a team who falls out of the Adam Dunn race signs Overbay and gets a lot from him. Maybe the Cubs.

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

I’ve enjoyed your time with us OB, but it’s time to part ways.

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4 years 8 months ago

Good. The Jays should go sign Victor Martinez or Adam Dunn now (yikes to that defensive 1B platoon with Lind!)

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$1529282
4 years 8 months ago

I’d love to see them sign Dunn and just turn into the ultimate all-or-nothing team at the plate, haha. Retain Encarnacion, sign Cust to DH, put Lind back in the field, and just watch the home runs and Ks pile up! :)

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Please, please dont suggest a trade of the Yunigma if were talking about “all of nothing”.

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Sniderlover
4 years 8 months ago

Why would you sign either and why would either come here?

I’m sure V-Mart still wants to be a catcher and I’d prefer to keep the 1st rounder.

Not a chance Dunn comes back here… ever.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 8 months ago

I thought Dunn’s beef with the Jays had all to do with Riccardi rather than anything about the team.

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4 years 8 months ago

Riccardi is still here? News to me. Why would I sign either? Uhh because this team needs an injection of OBP?

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4 years 8 months ago

Riccardi is still here? News to me. Why would I sign either? Uhh because this team needs an injection of OBP?

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gs01
4 years 8 months ago

So long Overpay good luck in getting another big contract that you’ll never live up to.

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safari_punch
4 years 8 months ago

Farewell Overpaid. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.