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Lyle Overbay clears waivers, but has right to block any trade

Aug 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay has cleared waivers, according to Jon Paul Morosi of That means he’s free to be traded to any team, except former general manager J.P. Ricciardi inexplicably gave Overbay a no-trade clause as part of his four-year, $24 million deal signed in 2007 and so he can veto any move.
Overbay is owed about $2 million for the remainder of this season and according to MLB Trade Rumors he doesn’t project as a Type A or Type B free agent, so the Blue Jays would presumably be willing to trade him for just about anything of value.
He’s hit .271/.351/.444 in four seasons in Toronto, but is batting just .250/.329/.422 with 13 homers in 112 games this season at age 33 and isn’t much of a defender at first base. Morosi speculates that he could be a fit in Tampa Bay depending on Carlos Pena’s health status.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Aug 12, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Mr Gleeman is quite ignorant. Overbay has done a fine job defending at first base – much better than Gleeman has done as an analyst. Overbay started the season hitting very poorly, but once he reviewed old tapes his hitting improved a lot. He hit .171 in April, .243 in May, .282 in June, .301 in July and .241 in August.
    Do your homework Mr. Gleeman.

  2. flipsy - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    “Do your homework Mr. Gleeman.” — I 103% agree.
    And Overbay also has some strong platoon splits. He could be quite valuable for a NL team of the bench to pinch hit and as a defensive replacement. But actually his defense might be the reason the Jays want to hold on to him. His scooping ability makes EE look much better at 3B.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 13, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Gleeman just pulls up his EXCEL Spreadsheet whenever he writes a blog entry. I get the feeling he doesn’t watch a single game ever and simply relies on box scores for all of his opinions. He’s everything that is wrong with stat geeks in baseball.

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