D’Backs Designate Lyle Overbay For Assignment

TUESDAY, 12:47am: The Orioles have some interest in Overbay, reports Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com (on Twitter).

MONDAY, 11:12pm: The Reds and Diamondbacks are discussing a trade that would send Overbay to Cincinnati, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter).

5:54pm: The Diamondbacks announced that they designated first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment. The move creates roster space for newly-acquired infielder Chris Johnson.

Overbay, 35, posted a .292/.367/.448 batting line in 110 plate appearances this year. Manager Kirk Gibson made sure to limit Overbay's exposure to left-handed pitching (95 plate appearances vs. RHP, 15 plate appearances vs. LHP), using him as a part-time complement to Paul Goldschmidt. Overbay, who's signed to a one-year, $1MM contract, has a .271/.354/.439 batting line in 12 MLB seasons.


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58 Comments on "D’Backs Designate Lyle Overbay For Assignment"


James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Wow. That makes almost no sense unless they have another move in the works to make room to bring him back.

3runhomer
3 years 1 month ago

Lyle will be a great bench pickup for somebody.

3 years 1 month ago

can he play shortstop? If he can the brewers should be interested

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Strictly a 1B. It’s sort of a baffling move by the Dbacks. The Goldshmidt/Overbay combination at 1B was one of the best things they had going for them on the field.

3 years 1 month ago

yeah it is surprising even if it is to make room for chris johnson

3 years 1 month ago

Could Overbay play the outfield (i.e., left field)?

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
3 years 1 month ago

Yes but only in the magical world where chimpanzees play infield. Walruses play the outfield, midgets pitch and stephen hawking’s plays catcher.

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
3 years 1 month ago

now that I think about it i think the walrus would still start above overbay in the OF

corey23
3 years 1 month ago

only thing i can think of is they have a trade lined up for him to get something at least a little worthwhile

Todd Smith
3 years 1 month ago

No, but it would be fun to watch him try.

yigantee
3 years 1 month ago

Would be an upgrade over Huff for Giants for sure…

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

So would the proverbial bag of balls.

3 years 1 month ago

Not often you see a 12-year, bat-only veteran get DFAed when he’s hitting slightly *better* than his career line. I would hope there’s a trade coming, like when they did the same with Roberts.

3 years 1 month ago

Bat-only veteran? Have you actually watched him play 1B before?

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Overbay is a very solid defensive 1B. Anyone getting him is getting more than just his bat, which is by no means horrible.

Joe W.
3 years 1 month ago

his sample size for the year is pretty small and hasn’t seen many lefties. His stats may also be helped by a batter friendly park. but for 1mil.. seems like a steal to me.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Wouldn’t mind seeing him take time from James Loney.

Ian Masterson
3 years 1 month ago

This. Definitely.

Tim Graddy
3 years 1 month ago

Pick him up Walt.

Keeganrafael20
3 years 1 month ago

I think the Giants should take a flier on overbay. It wouldn’t hurt us. Especially with belt struggling and huff struggling this year.

3 years 1 month ago

any word if he accepted his assignment? Will he become a FA?

3runhomer
3 years 1 month ago

Overbay is 2 for 25 since June 23.

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

In limited playing time and off the bench as a PH. He is,like many players, better when he starts. And he is a solid fielder. This also means that they have no back-up for Goldschmidt.

blank_38
3 years 1 month ago

wheeler played 1st a lot in the minors.

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 1 month ago

Chris Johnson has played 1b for the astros this year

qudjy1
3 years 1 month ago

Thats the definition of small sample size.

AaronAngst
3 years 1 month ago

Reunion with the Brewers… then they DFA Nyjer Morgan. *fingers crossed*

3 years 1 month ago

Are you serious?
Mr.Towers really what are you doing?
first Roberts and now this?

craiginphoenix
3 years 1 month ago

Roberts was worthless and completely horrible. Overbay was not. Big difference.

qudjy1
3 years 1 month ago

As a dback fan, i dont get this one. Overbay isnt great, but as a rhed platoon match for Goldschmidt, he was very productive, and had complimetary skills. I just dont get it.

Allen Snyder
3 years 1 month ago

It’s either him, Wheeler, Bloomquist, or McDonald…everyone that’s complaining about this move, which of those guys would you rather see sent down?

qudjy1
3 years 1 month ago

Why you wouldnt send wheeler down for a month, and bring him back when rosters expand, i have no idea.

craiginphoenix
3 years 1 month ago

Wheeler

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Wheeler, he doesn’t belong called up as it is.

3runhomer
3 years 1 month ago

If Drew is moved, can they pull him back?

qudjy1
3 years 1 month ago

I cant imagine. DFA isnt like the waivers process.

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

He could accept the assignment though and then get called back up.

qudjy1
3 years 1 month ago

I guess. Why take that chance?

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Makes no sense to me either, and I rather doubt that was the “plan”. I’m mostly just hoping since this move just makes no sense at all.

PWNdroia
3 years 1 month ago

Anyone think he might end up in Oakland?

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

I hope he winds up in Reno so the Dbacks can recall him again after they move Drew tomorrow.

budman3
3 years 1 month ago

Probably back to the Pirates now.

formerdraftpick
3 years 1 month ago

Probably true

formerdraftpick
3 years 1 month ago

I had Chinese food for dinner tonight.

davengmusic
3 years 1 month ago

wow…a seasoned vet dumped in favor of CHRIS JOHNSON. all the money in the world won’t soothe that stinging pain.

3 years 1 month ago

The Astros could sure use Overbay……first base has been a disaster since Bagwell retired.

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah Lance Berkman was horrible..