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Pirates designate Lyle Overbay for assignment after Derrek Lee trade

Aug 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT


Lyle Overbay got one last start at first base yesterday because Derrek Lee took his time reporting after the Pirates acquired him from the Orioles.

Overbay smacked a two-run homer, going deep for just the eighth time in 352 at-bats, and today the Pirates designated the 34-year-old for assignment.

He wasn’t worth Pittsburgh’s one-year, $5 million investment after showing signs of decline in Toronto last season, but Overbay might find a place on a contender’s roster as a left-handed bench bat. After all, he’s been landing starting jobs despite mediocre production for a decade now.

In fact, Overbay is one of the least productive first basemen in decades. He has a .793 OPS in 4,836 plate appearances. The only first basemen with a lower OPS in more plate appearances during the past 20 years are J.T. Snow and Eric Karros.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    He was serviceable in Toronto, but at that time, management did not realize that L:ind was a viable option.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      Lind looks very comfortable at first, the Jays sure had alot of bats regress the last few years … Wells, Overbay, Rios, Hill. Thankfully only Hill remains.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:29 PM

      servicable? Really proudly? Guy was a automatic out!! I would love to see him back with toronto ASAP!

  2. bleedgreen - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    He also struck out 3 times yesterday, I believe.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    JT Snow! Don Mattingly’s heir apparent for the longest time until they traded him…then it was Kevin Maas! Sorry, you brought back the dark days of Yankees baseball.

  4. patsandsox - Aug 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    How about Overpay in Boston instead of McDonald?

  5. patsandsox - Aug 1, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Forget that comment, He cannot play in the outfield and I think the Sox are good at firstbase.

  6. hoopmatch - Aug 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    I hope he finds another major league job because he has one of the coolest names in baseball.

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