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Diamondbacks sign Lyle Overbay after Xavier Nady breaks hand

Aug 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

Pirates Overbay hits a single against the Blue Jays during their Interleague MLB baseball game in Toronto

Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Lyle Overbay. He’ll replace Xavier Nady, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured left hand on a hit by a pitch during last night’s win over the Mets.

Overbay will receive a prorated portion of the major league minimum salary and is expected to share playing time with rookie Paul Goldschmidt at first base.

Overbay, 34, was released by the Pirates earlier this week after batting .227/.300/.349 with eight homers, 37 RBI and a .649 OPS over 391 plate appearances. It isn’t saying much, but he actually represents something of an improvement over Nady, who was hitting .248/.287/.359 with four homers, 35 RBI and a .645 OPS over 223 plate appearances. While his defense has fallen off a bit this year according to advanced metrics, Overbay is also regarded as a better fielder at first base.

Overbay was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 18th round of the 1999 draft. He batted .271/.357/.391 with four home runs and 29 RBI over 305 plate appearances with Arizona from 2001-2003 before being traded to the Brewers in the Richie Sexson deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Ironically, the Pirates now need a first baseman due to an injury.

  2. derpdederpdederp - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    I think Id stick with the guy with the broken hand instead of Overbay

  3. dailyrev - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    That is very strange indeed. But the Bucs had more need in the OF than at 1B (I said this in a couple of comments here well before the deal for D-Lee was made). I was actually hoping they’d loosen Markakis also of the O’s, who would have fit perfectly into that 2011 Pirates ethos of pitching/defense/scrappy hitting. Sure, he would have cost them more than D-Lee, but they need a veteran OFer who can produce runs and play defense. RF is a gaping hole for them, more than 1B — you’ll see this more when Presley comes back to LF — they’ll finish the season fairly strong in LF (and obviously among the best in center). With Markakis they could have had a complete OF and could have schlubbed along hiding Overbay in the 7 or 8 hole (he’s an average but reasonably solid 1Bman). The problem is inexperience: the Pirates are as unused to being shoppers as they are to actually selling tickets to that fine ballpark of theirs.

    • wlschneider09 - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      Just out of curiosity, how good is the Presley kid? I haven’t seen him play, just his stat line. Is he an answer?

  4. humanexcrement - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    I find it hard to believe that the Diamondbacks don’t have a triple A player who’s better than Overbay. I find it hard to believe that any team doesn’t have one.

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