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The Brewers sign Lyle Overbay

Jan 20, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

The Brewers didn’t want to trade quality for Ike Davis, so they’ve signed a guy for next to nothing who, in reality, was more useful than Ike Davis last year:


Last week they snagged Mark Reynolds. Now they have Overbay. Between them they can probably cobble together at least some useful production at first base. Or not. Worth the gamble given that they were each close to free talent.

But I do wish they’d dream bigger. Like, sign Vernon Wells in camp and lure Kevin Youkilis back from Japan for the 2013 Yankees scubeenie reunion.

  1. spudchukar - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Small consolation sure, but it makes more sense than Reynolds. The Brewers are in dire need of left-handed pop, and while Overbay is no slugger, he at least affords them a left-handed alternative who can actually play the position.

  2. nymets4ever - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Good luck with those guys Brewers. Let’s go Ike!

    • nymets4ever - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Damn, 6 downvotes! People must really get thrown off by the concept of a Mets fan actually liking his own team.

      Did you expect me to be some typical bitter, woe-is-me caricature of a Mets fan who curses the Wilpons and Madoff and insults my own players 24/7? Sorry, ain’t getting that from me anytime soon. So once again…good job Mets for not trading our admittedly struggling-but-talented 1B for pennies on the dollar. Let’s go Ike!

  3. Old Gator - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Fnuffll…I was taking a nap. Did Scrooge McLoria buy the Brewers while I was sleeping, or something?

  4. greej1938l - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    He’s just tired of always being little bro to the yanks.

  5. hoopmatch - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Teams are probably more likely to give guys of Overbay’s vintage a shot on account of what happened with Raul Ibanez last season. Not to mention a few others. And Brewers brass would probably tell you they had a good experience with Craig Counsell in the “twilight years” of his career.

  6. NYTolstoy - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    Nooooooo. I was hoping the Yankees would of taken a look at him again. Brewer Dans what you can look for is a guy who doesn’t take balls, meaning not alot of walks usually behind in the count. But he has some pop about 15 homers and hits around 260. Can’t hit lefties very well but that’s why they got Reynolds so good move there. Overbay also plays pretty solid defense so you can see him atleast go in as a late replacement when Reynolds starts and can cover when they verse righties. If they platoon him most likely his average will rise Good club house guy always been one of my favorites. Good sing Brew crew especially for a minor league deal.

  7. basslargemouth - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    At least they are signing somebody the Orioles are signing NOBODY’S!

  8. brewcrewchamps - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Man, the way the crew is really coming up big in FA is getting me all giddy for this year.

    Or not. Seems they’re signing dudes who can make it through the 2014 season so Hunter can come up at start of next year (or sooner?) which is also when they have big money coming off the books.

    So hooray 2015 season.

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