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The Milwaukee Brewers are getting desperate.
In 2013 for the New York Yankees, Overbay was a solid fill-in for Mark Teixeira, who went down for the season with a wrist injury. He hit .240 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 145 games. While that’s decent for a player who is way past his prime, Overbay had a tough time getting on base. He posted a .295 on-base percentage and struck out 111 times while only walking 36.
The Brewers claim they are in need of a first baseman – a claim that doesn’t make much sense to me. They have Juan Francisco, who is basically a lottery ticket, and they have one of their top prospects, Hunter Morris, waiting in the minors. Either of them would be a better option than Overbay, who turns 37 in a few weeks.
If the Brewers were to sign Overbay it would be a one-year contract, meaning the Brewers would have to play first base musical chairs again in 2014. Overbay is nothing more than a stopgap, and signing him would be pointless.