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Lyle Overbay’s phone hasn’t been buzzing much this winter

Dec 22, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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In today’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo reports that free agent first baseman/DH Lyle Overbay hasn’t drawn much interest thus far in the off-season. Overbay turns 37 years old next month and has posted a below-average adjusted OPS in each of the past three seasons (88, 95, 87; 100 is average) but he proved to be quite useful to the Yankees when Mark Teixeira succumbed to a wrist injury.

If used as a platoon partner at first base or at DH, Overbay makes sense for a team looking to boost production on a budget. He posted a .748 OPS against right-handed pitching last season compared to .516 against lefties and has an .815/.684 split over his 13-year career. Cafardo suggests the Orioles or Indians could be fits but doesn’t expect Overbay to find a home until January.

Unfortunately for Overbay, this off-season has featured a glut of options at first base, so his value is less than it normally would be in a typical off-season. Five free agent first baseman signed multi-year deals, another six received a one-year deal, Kevin Youkilis went to Japan, and still there are in excess of ten free agent first basemen remaining including Overbay.

  1. contraryguy - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Read this headline, and couldn’t figure out whether you were filling in for the folks at The Onion during the holidays. Poor Lyle, and poor anyone who has to write about him.

  2. chacochicken - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Luckily the font on his jitterbug is big enough that he’ll be able to tell his agent’s number apart from the grand kids.

  3. missingdiz - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    “I’m thinking about my doorbell…”

  4. nsstlfan - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    He’s not that old there are plenty of players that are closer to being senior citizens then he is.

    • paperlions - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Not that many.

      15 player that were 37 or older had 200+ plate appearances, only 6 were everyday players (500+ PAs).

      37 is old for a baseball player.

  5. banger60 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    What MLB team did you morons play for? Merry Christmas!

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      This is probably my favorite internet-commenter cliche.

      You’re the “It’s better than you could do” guy who seems to think only people who have played a sport better than the individual being discussed have a right to criticize, compare or evaluate the player (Which ignores the fact that most coaches, if they even played professionally, often never made it beyond the minors, but we’ll worry about that point another time).

      And I truly hope that attitude actually extends to your personal life. I hope you someday hire a plumber to plumb your house, and every time you flush a toilet feces literally explodes out of your kitchen sink. And while you stare at your crap covered kitchen ceiling, instead of having the normal reaction of “Wow, that guy was a really terrible plumber” you shrug and say “Well, it’s better than I could do.”

  6. rbeer79 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Yanks need to get him. Very inexpensive insurance

    • NYTolstoy - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Agreed. Mark Tex. Has yet to take swinging practice and we are almost at January. He did well for the Yankees they just over used him. He is not a type of player who should get 140 games played. He can hit righties and play some decent defense at 1st. Yankees should get him just in case Tex. Isn’t ready to start the season or needs a couple of days off a month. I loved this guy on the team.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        This would be an inexpensive answer to the question who backs up Texeira. The problem is I just do not see them having a roster spot until the OF log jam is cleared up. Can you say Non-roster invitee?

      • paperlions - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Do the Yankees have any roster spots left for bench players? They’ve signed a lot of part-time platoon IFers and have a LOT of OFers on the roster as well. I doubt they have a spot for such a player.

  7. jolink653 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    I’d love to have Overbay back to give Tex some solid backup so he can have a few more games off. Overbay was solid last season, especially his defense, and for what they’d be paying, he’d be great

  8. hodag54501 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Lyle got much of his early experience at Milwaukee where, as of today, they only have Juan Francisco. The Brewers aren’t real excited about Francisco. Overbay could affordably help Milwaukee while they look for long term options.

  9. banger60 - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    buttholer, should I respond, no, just laugh!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!

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