Pirates Sign Lyle Overbay
By Tim Dierkes [December 14, 2010 at 12:22pm CST]
The Pirates signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a one-year deal, the team announced. The statement from GM Neal Huntington:
"Lyle Overbay is solid major league player and we expect him to have a positive impact on our club offensively, defensively, and in the clubhouse."
The Pirates primarily used Garrett Jones at first base in 2010, but they expressed a desire to add a right-handed hitting complement. Overbay doesn't fit that description, though Jones could pair up with new acquisition Matt Diaz in right field if Ryan Doumit is traded.
Overbay, 34 in January, hit .243/.329/.433 in 607 plate appearances for the Blue Jays this year. His performance picked up after a rough start. Overbay is represented by Octagon.
I'm sure most Jays fans are not sad to see him go. Unless they sign a 1B, Lind is likely to play there.