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Lyle Overbay released by Pirates after clearing waivers

Aug 9, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT


Lyle Overbay predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Pirates last week and has been released, making him a free agent.

Overbay was a bust on a one-year, $5 million deal, hitting just .227 with eight homers and a .649 OPS in 103 games before the Pirates decided to replace him with Derrek Lee at the trade deadline.

Even at his best Overbay was one of the lightest-hitting first basemen among longtime starters and at age 34 he’s unlikely to land another everyday job, but as a veteran left-handed bat he could find a spot on a contender’s bench.

  1. crpls - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    I remember when he was first coming up my Dad wanted the Giants to trade for him so bad.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Phillies should pick him up and drop Gload.

    • kellyb9 - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      If they drop anyone, PLEASE let it be Ben Francisco.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:47 PM

        We will see what the intend to do about Francisco as soon as Victorino is done with his suspension.

  3. derpdederpdederp - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Obviously, I cant belve a team was despereate enough for a 1B that this guy got picked up. I would say this is the end of his career (unless the O’s are desperate to replace Lee hahaha)

  4. jaysfan64 - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    So long, Lyle Overpaid….never lived up to expectations…..

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