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).

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8 Comments on "Braves Sign Lyle Overbay"

3 years 9 days ago

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

3 years 9 days ago

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.

3 years 9 days ago

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

3 years 9 days ago

Oh it funny because it true.

3 years 9 days ago

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

3 years 9 days ago

Had to keep room for Huff.

3 years 8 days ago

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

3 years 7 days ago

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.