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Pirates may be ready to bench struggling Lyle Overbay

Jul 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT


In past years–or past decades, more accurately–the Pirates may have lived with an unproductive veteran first baseman, but with the team in contention for the first time in a long time their patience with Lyle Overbay appears to be running out.

Signed to a one-year, $5 million deal as a free agent, Overbay has hit just .229 with seven homers in 99 games, posting a .646 OPS that ranks 24th among the 26 first basemen with at least 250 plate appearances.

Clint Hurdle indicated to┬áJenifer Langosch of that increasing Steve Pearce’s playing time at Overbay’s expense is one option, but Pearce has been even less productive in a part-time role with a .636 OPS.

Pursuing another veteran bat via trade makes sense and Jayson Stark of reports that the Pirates are interested in Jason Kubel of the Twins. Of course, with Minnesota unsure whether to buy or sell Kubel may ultimately not even be available. Whatever the case, with the Pirates just 1.5 games out of first place and Overbay adding nothing at an offense-driven position it shouldn’t be too tough or too costly to find an upgrade.

  1. parlorboss - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Word is they are also looking at Kotchman and D. Lee:

    Also worth reading for some highly entertaining sarcasm.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    A case of buyers regret. They overpaid him in the offseason.

  3. dailyrev - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Yes, he’s a tit on a boar hog, has to go. That team is fairly strong up the middle and weak at the corner OF positions and especially 1B (I wonder if Red Sox fans are mad at their GM for letting that kid McKenry go for basically nothing, because he’s outstanding). If they can get a run producer at 1B, they will be very much in the running in the back half of Sept. But look at how many they left on base in general and RISP in particular during that marathon Atlanta series: this cannot go on. They’re going to have a very painful weekend in Philly now, thanks to those failures in ATL (and that H-day&Lee are waiting for them in the first 2 games). If they stick to this lineup and especially Overbay at the #5 slot, they might as well resign themselves to making 82 their goal rather than the division. Nice to see them playing ball again, though, especially in that marvelous ballpark of theirs, which finally has some people in it. I’m sure this season has been better for Steve Blass than any of his meds…

  4. fat4jc - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    insight from

    • fat4jc - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:20 PM

      “Jason Kubel is my hero. Like if Nightcrawler was real and played baseball.”

  5. dailyrev - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Maybe they could ask the umpire’s union if Jerry Meals is available to play 1b?

  6. Joe - Jul 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Overbay’s problem – only three games vs. Boston this season.

  7. kellyb9 - Jul 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    I fail to see what this has to do with Hunter Pence.

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