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.

58 Responses to D’Backs Designate Lyle Overbay For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. James Attwood 3 years ago

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

  2. 3runhomer 3 years ago

    Lyle will be a great bench pickup for somebody.

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

    • James Attwood 3 years 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.

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

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

        • Brandon Stubbs Calvert 3 years 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 ago

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

      • corey23 3 years 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 ago

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

  4. yigantee 3 years ago

    Would be an upgrade over Huff for Giants for sure…

  5. 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.

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

    • James Attwood 3 years 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 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.

  6. vtadave 3 years ago

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

  7. Tim Graddy 3 years ago

    Pick him up Walt.

  8. Keegan Rafael 3 years 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.

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

  10. 3runhomer 3 years ago

    Overbay is 2 for 25 since June 23.

    • James Attwood 3 years 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 ago

        wheeler played 1st a lot in the minors.

      • WrigleyTerror37 3 years ago

        Chris Johnson has played 1b for the astros this year

    • qudjy1 3 years ago

      Thats the definition of small sample size.

  11. AaronAngst 3 years ago

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

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

    • CraigInPhoenix 3 years ago

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

  13. qudjy1 3 years 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.

  14. Allen Snyder 3 years 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 ago

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

    • CraigInPhoenix 3 years ago


    • James Attwood 3 years ago

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

  15. 3runhomer 3 years ago

    If Drew is moved, can they pull him back?

    • qudjy1 3 years ago

      I cant imagine. DFA isnt like the waivers process.

      • James Attwood 3 years ago

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

        • qudjy1 3 years ago

          I guess. Why take that chance?

          • James Attwood 3 years 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.

  16. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Anyone think he might end up in Oakland?

    • James Attwood 3 years ago

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

  17. budman3 3 years ago

    Probably back to the Pirates now.

  18. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    I had Chinese food for dinner tonight.

  19. davengmusic 3 years ago

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

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

  21. Timothy Rissland 3 years ago

    IF Texiera injury tonight is serious or DL worthy, Do you think he would be a fit for the Yankees?

  22. Someone should pick up Overbay as a left-handed bench option. He was doing well in limited action.

    I don’t get this one…and the D’Backs may come back to regret this. Does anyone else not have options?

  23. jwsox 3 years ago


  24. Andy Forrester 3 years ago

    Unless there’s a trade brewing, this roster move makes absolutely no sense.

  25. swing1 3 years ago

    Why can’t I hold all these former Blue Jays on the front page?

  26. mlbscout6 3 years ago

    Seems like a lot of teams could use Overbay. This won’t make a ton of sense if they don’t end up trading him.

  27. Quizicat 3 years ago

    Just what the O’s need, another part time first baseman.

  28. Lyle Overbay has been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks based on the transaction page on MLB.com (link to mlb.mlb.com). Follow me at @sherco4eva

  29. I would like to see the Reds work a deal to pick him up.

  30. Jay212033 3 years ago

    This and DFA Hinske.

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