Braves Sign Lyle Overbay

The Braves signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (on Twitter). Overbay, who was released by the Diamondbacks earlier this month, will report to Triple-A Gwinnett for now and join the Braves when rosters expand in September.

Overbay earns $1MM this year, but he'll only cost the Braves a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary. The 35-year-old posted a .292/.367/.448 batting line in 110 plate appearances with Arizona 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).

8 Responses to Braves Sign Lyle Overbay Leave a Reply

  1. I like him over Hinske. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Braves pick him up for 2013 too as the LH bench bat.

    • Overbay & Reed Johnson looks like a good bench upgrade.
      I don’t think anyone can complain about this signing by FW – pro-rated part of league minimum. Even if he’s a bust he’s cost very little.

      • CowboyJames 3 years ago

        You are right that no one can complain. However they will. Just follow this thread.

  2. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    Where was Brian Sabean? The Giants should of sign Lyle Overbay instead of him going to The Braves.

  3. Jwick22 3 years ago

    Send hinske to the minors and let lyle have his spot please

  4. Who can the Braves send down to the minors on August 31 and then call back up when Gwinnett’s season ends on September 3? (Their number for being eliminated from IL postseason play is one at this time.) Overbay definitely should be in the mix for a postseason roster spot of the Braves get there. I like this signing and am still baffled as to why the D’Backs released him.

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