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Brewers Sign 1B Lyle Overbay To Minor League Deal


Three days after signing Mark Reynolds, the Milwaukee Brewers have signed another first baseman in Lyle Overbay. The Brewers signed the left-handed hitter to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Overbay, who played for the Brewers in 2004 and 2005, hit .240 with 14 home runs in 2013 for the New York Yankees after replacing injured first baseman Mark Teixeira. He is a career .267 hitter across 12 major league seasons.

He will compete with Reynolds and Juan Francisco for the starting first base job, although he seems to be the Brewers third option, as he will turn 37 next week.  However, he hits for a higher average and is by far a better defensive player (career .995 fielding percentage at first base) than Reynolds and Francisco. But I don’t see him anything more than a platoon player.

Overbay will try to recapture his magic he had in Milwaukee, as he enjoyed his best season in 2004, hitting a career-high .301 with 16 home runs and 87 runs batted in.

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  • Dennis Hippert

    Seems like they’re preparing to unload Aramis at some point during the season. Overbay/Francisco/Reynolds platooning at first while Francisco/Reynolds platoon at third. Meanwhile, Halton, Morris, Rogers, and Delmonico spend the year down preparing for a September call up and a real shot at 2015. Aramis probably wouldn’t end up being a Segura type deal, given his age and declining ability, but with this overstock on corner outfielders it’s easy to pull the trigger if the right deal comes along.

    Just a theory. At any rate, signing these guys on low dollar minor league deals sure beats sending ANYONE to the Mets for Ike.

    • Justin Schultz

      Whatever they decide to do with Ramirez, it seems like the Brewers are planning for the future. Especially since the Brewers seem to want Morris to spend another year in AAA.