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Phillies among teams talking to Lyle Overbay about a minor league deal

Jan 16, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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We heard a few weeks ago that Lyle Overbay wasn’t drawing much interest on the free agent market, but he is finally getting some calls with spring training right around the corner.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are among the teams who are talking to Overbay about a minor league deal. The 37-year-old has surely been holding out hope for a major league deal until now, but that might be the best he can do at this point of the winter.

Overbay had his moments with the Yankees last season while Mark Teixeira was sidelined due to a wrist injury, slugging 14 home runs in 142 games. However, he posted a meager .516 OPS in 125 plate appearances against southpaws and will likely never get that much playing time again. However, he could surely hang on for another year or two as a backup first baseman and left-handed bench bat.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    How about bringing back Travis Lee while you’re at it?

    Hahaha….I went with him pretty much randomly….and then I remembered the Phillies traded Curt Schilling for him and that made it funnier to me.

  2. spudchukar - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Hey, I think Lyle Overhill would fit right iin.

  3. NYTolstoy - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I was hoping the Yankees would take a look at him. With tex barely hitting off the Tee I wonder if he will be ready come opening day. Sure he can’t hit lefties well but he still hits righties and has some pop left in his bat with good D.

    On another note Ruben Amaro seems to love old vets. it’s hard for people not to laugh at this guy

    • cackalackyank - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      You’re not kidding about the Teixeira thing. Right now his back up is Kelly Johnson. However Johnson figures heavily in the third and second base mix. Since Young is retiring, Chavez went back to AZ, Reynolds seems to be a Brewer now, NYY should revisit him.

      • NYTolstoy - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        That’s what I figured. Tex is not ready and who knows if he goes back on the DL at anytime this year. They need someone who can play good defense and some pop. They gave him too much playing time but 30 to 40 games against righties would be alot more beneficial for them. That’s of course if Tex breaks down again which I’m hoping doesn’t happen. For all his problems the guy plays solid defense and has alot of power. In the 5th or 6th all it keeps the line up deep.

  4. statsdolie - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    I wonder if Reuben is trying to get fired?

    • flamethrower101 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      He’s been trying for years.

  5. gibbskins9 - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    He deserves a major league contract

    • genericcommenter - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Yeah, about as much as Vernon Wells.

  6. jimmywho14 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Quick, someone tackle Ruben before he signs another plus35 year old player

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      As long as the person doing the tackling isn’t Deion Sanders; he’s already suiting up for the Pro Bowl, Ruben is likely to offer him a baseball contract once he’s on the ground.

  7. delsj - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM


  8. volcom2143 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Some phils will be collecting social security checks by spring training. This is getting out of hand. I love the phils but does Ruben really think we are better than the braves and Nats. ? We are the same injury ridden team as last year .

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      He’s building the team like you would build Voltron; he figures three or four different over the hill veterans can produce like 1 good player, they just need to super-platoon them.

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