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Diamondbacks release Lyle Overbay

Aug 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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When the Diamondbacks designated Lyle Overbay for assignment last week there was speculation that they already had a trade lined up for the veteran first baseman, because he was seemingly hitting well enough not to just let him go for nothing.

But that’s exactly what happened today, as Arizona released Overbay and made him a free agent eligible to sign with any team for any salary.

Overbay was mostly a bench bat in Arizona, playing behind starter Paul Goldschmidt, but he hit .292 with an .815 OPS in 110 plate appearances and has posted an OPS above .750 in four of the past five seasons. Even at age 35 he could help quite a few teams in a part-time/platoon role.

  1. whodeytn - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    The Reds need to sign him. Now.

  2. SmackSaw - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The Dodgers need to sign him. Now.

  3. sheriffpeyton18 - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Overbay has heart. Seems like dbacks are only keeping players without it!! If parra goes I’m not going to anymore games.

  4. basslargemouth - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    He will be an Oriole before the end of the week.

  5. exibitsman - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    the Mets need to sign him today.
    he’s a good Ph and back. up first baseman.

  6. ravensgrl - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Orioles need to sign him quick

  7. rockthered1286 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Mark Reynolds just got a lump in his throat. Hot seat is no place to be when a guy who plays (one of) your position with better stats suddenly becomes available.

  8. norcaldeportes - Aug 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    The Giants need to sign him. Now.

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