Yankees sign Lyle Overbay to minor league deal



5:33pm: Overbay told Andy McCullough that he can opt out of his contract on Friday. So yeah, the Yankees basically have three days to determine if he’s a fit for their roster.

4:14pm: Back to the scrap heap the Yankees go. The club has signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, reports Erik Boland. The team has confirmed the signing. He should be in camp soon, as in tomorrow. The Red Sox released the first baseman earlier on Tuesday and the Yankees will not need to make a 40-man roster move.

Overbay, 36, hit .259/.331/.397 (91 wRC+) with two homers in 131 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks and Braves last season. Over the last three seasons he’s hit .241/.322/.401 (97 wRC+) in nearly 1,200 plate appearances with a big platoon split: 100 wRC+ against righties compared to a 84 wRC+ against lefties. Overbay has always been an all-fields gap-to-gap guy who might not benefit much from Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch despite being a lefty. He can play a solid first base, however.

Juan Rivera seemed to have the inside track on the first base job in the wake of Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury, so at the very least Overbay gives him some competition before the start of the season. The Yankees do have an open bench spot at the moment and could carry both guys in a platoon, but they will need some versatility on the bench. They don’t have enough bench spots to accommodate all of these platoons they seem to want to use.

Categories : Transactions


  1. trr says:

    Sign ‘em all, let God sort ‘em out!

  2. i like bacon says:

    A upgrade over juan rivera at 1B

  3. Frank says:

    Who’s next? Tyler Greene

    • Cris Pengiucci says:

      Who’s next?

      Great album. Much better than Tyler Greene or Lyle Overbay (who I think would be an upgrade over Juan Rivera at 1B).

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Yanks sign Mick Quadrophenia to MiLB deal.


        • The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci) says:

          That would make me happy. :-)

        • trr says:

          i have to interject, “Quadrophenia” was my favorite album growing up

          • The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci) says:

            It still is my favorite.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            I like how compact and filler-free “Who’s Next” is a lot more, but it’s a great album nonetheless.

            The unfortunate thing about the surround release (of selected tracks off “Quadrophenia”) last year was that the vocal was mixed way too wide. Still worth checking out, though, if you can find it.

      • Barry's Gift Basket says:

        I think they should carry a Platoon of Rivera and Overbay, if they remain healty this week.

        C Cervelli
        1b Rivera/Overbay
        2b Cano
        3b Youkilis
        SS Nuñez
        LF Wells
        CF Gardner
        RF Ichiro
        DH Hafner

        C Stewart
        IF Nix
        1b Rivera/Overbay
        Util(?) Musty


        Nuno or Warren
        Eppley or Kelley

        Meet your OD 2013 New York Yankees.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          I’d be OK with that, all injuries considered.
          Musty might be wishful thinking though. I think because of the 40-man roster crunch, somebody already on the 40-man roster likely will get that spot, especially since it’ll likely be a very limited role, at least early on.
          Maybe Mesa? Or Boesch?

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            I’ll take one of the 1B candidates and Boesch. I’d like to see Musty as well, but I doubt he gets a three-day call-up while Jeter’s on the DL. Seems more like the type of thing a team would carry an extra pitcher for.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

              Problem with Boesch is they’ve said Wells is going to be everyday LF, leaving a very limited role for Boesch. Might be better to let him play everyday in AAA to try to get his bat going.

          • Now Batting says:

            I wouldn’t mind seeing them DFA Betances to make room. I think that ship has sailed.

  4. You didn’t hear this from me…but I heard from a reliable source that it was actually John Olerud…

  5. Andrew J. says:

    Is this the end of Dan Johnson experiment?

  6. Robinson Tilapia says:

    On the “signing players associated with the Boston Red Sox” scale, this probably falls somewhere in between Alan Embree and Darnell McDonald.

    Still a decent move. We’re totally taking the 2007 Sox now.

  7. Monty says:

    With all of these 2006 signings, does this mean we get to pay 2006 ticket prices?

  8. Jaimey says:

    Minor League contracts for the lot of us? Anyone in this thread able to play at either corner? ;-)

  9. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Now, this is the kind of transaction I don’t have a problem with. Actually this is how Cash has done it the last few years and he has came through nicely.

    Badish/oldish player gets some “small” amount of money and then you see how he does, if he starts to show some signs of life you keep him, if not you cut him loose and let somebody else play it out. Worked with Freddy, Bartolo, Thames and some others.

    Cashman said, in the article Mike linked to earlier, that his job is to put togheter a winning team spending the least amount possible of money while doing it, and that now the team tries to make “good, efficient, sound, baseball decisions.”. Well I think they can make an argument that signing Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract acomplishes both of those objectives, sort of, but there is no way they (or anybody else) can say that trading for Vernon Wells acomplishes any of those two goals, or they can make the argument but I won’t buy it.

  10. Pasta says:

    Not your fathers yankees
    Overbay Wells ex bluejays
    Francisco Nix Hafner ex indians
    Ichiro Aardsma Pineda ex mariners
    Shouldnt we get guys from winning teams

  11. DInnings says:

    Don’t lump Ichiro in with that bunch.

  12. Eddard says:

    It seems like the F.O. has a new policy- If you’re breathing, you’re a Yankee and we might even pay you $13 million. It just seems like a much better investment is the kids in the farm system. At least Eduardo Nuney is finally getting his big chance.

  13. Who hates bunts more? Axisa or Earl Weaver? says:

    I think they have no idea who will be on the 25 man roster right now. Cash and Girardi will sit down in a couple of days and pull an all-nighter Fantasy Baseball style and set up the roster.

    I still think that with the Starting Pitching and Bullpen they’ll score enough runs to be competitive and play near .500 ball until Grandy and Tex are back and healthy. Then it will be Second Half battle for the WC. Yep, I believe.

  14. Scott Steiner says:

    This has the makings of a terribly depressing season. Holla if ya hear me.

  15. Tino!_24 says:

    Over the river and through the woods to the 1980′s rosters we go!
    If only Swisher would have hit in the postseason, he might have still been around – I mean I assume that is why he was let go – no post season production right? I mean it couldn’t be that he was a decent defensive player, good all round switch hitter with pop who could play 1st and outfield, the two positions they need help at. Wait, I got it.. he’s under 35 years old.. couldn’t keep him…riiight…

  16. TopChuckie says:

    At some point, doesn’t the amount of money paid to the quantity of crap they are bringing in start to approach the amount of money they would have had to pay in luxury tax fees if they had just signed quality players in the first place.

    I mean, if the idea was to spend/waste $12M on an awful OF this year, just so they only have to pay $2M to an awful OF next year to help keep the total salary under $189M, are they really saving anything?

  17. Cuso says:

    You are my hook-up

    Now I’m gonna hit u wit a Frankensteiner

  18. Dave M says:

    Wells – led the AL in doubles in 2003

    Overbay – led the NL in doubles in 2004

    Next signing: Either Miguel Tejada or Derrek Lee (the doubles leaders for the AL and NL in 2005)

  19. gageagainstthemachine says:

    Breaking News: “The Yankees have announced that they are planning to have the body of Kate Smith exhumed to perform God Bless America live at every home Yankee Game. Since Smith has technically been dead since the last time the Mets won a World Series title, they were allowed to backdate her contract to 1986 to avoid a luxury tax penalty. Pending a physical, it is expected that Smith will autmomatically be placed on the 60 DL as she attempts to comeback from a vocal injury no one has been known to successfuly return from: death. When asked about the signing, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, “We believe Ms. Smith still has lots of good 7th Inning Stretches left in her. We won’t rush her back, but we look forward to her return and believe she can be an asset to this organization bringing her age and experience to such a young ball club.” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi was told the news of the signing prior to filling out the line-up card for tonight’s spring training game and was quoted as saying, “I look forward to having Smithy back in the fold. We’ll ease her in to the game by getting her into earlier innings when we feels she’s ready and the voice sounds good. But, we don’t want to rush her into that 7th inning role too soon and have any setbacks that could put her right back on the DL. But Smithy’s a competitor and we look forward to getting her back.” Smith, who’s been unavailable for comment for the last 27 years due to being dead, was approached for comment upon enter the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa to begin her rehab assignment. Clearly confused and stunned at all of the sudden transactions and talk surrounding her unbelievable return, Smith was quoted as simply saying, “BRAAAAIIIIIINS!!”

  20. CashmanNinja says:

    I like this move mainly because he’s an upgrade from Rivera. The bat isn’t nearly what it used to be, but he’s still got a very good glove. The glove is the important part because, well…Youk and Nunez are going to be making life hard for whoever is at 1st, so we may as well put someone with a good glove to limit the bazillion errors that are about to happen.

  21. Tino!_24 says:

    Cashman broke his leg skydiving… unreported were the falls on his head…this explains the drool running down his chin as he scours the scrap heap.

  22. Bill Bruford says:

    With Nunez at short and Youkilis at third, I am all for this move. With a left side of the infield that is mediocre at best, the Yanks need someone at 1b that can play the position. Yeah, Overbay isn’t great offensively, but how much offense are you getting out of Rivera?

  23. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    The Yankees are now the favorites to win the 2006 World Series.

  24. Casey says:

    Moose or Joe Pep or Donny baseball…..
    Been a 50+ year lifer for NYY but have never seen this much B.S. going into a season. Shit bring back Reggie and Straw too since they’ll likely put more butts in the seats than Overbay.
    Kevin I hate you but I’m praying that you have the best season of your storied career.
    By August Cash’s brain scan results will be used in an insanity defense. Theo will take over and will field 7 players per game since wheelchairs cannot be motorized in the bigs…..
    IF Binder Joe gets this crew into the playoffs I will speak to my friend Francis and get him started on the road to sainthood

    • Gary says:

      Would the yankees have spent enough on all these has beens this year to buy one decent player? Still trying to find the one that will make a difference. Maybe I am just missing something. Over the hill rejects from other teams usually don’t pan out.

  25. AnotherYankeeFan says:

    How about bringing Shane Spencer back ??

  26. Ed D says:

    Seriously? Dave Kingman is’ll see. This is shaping up to be a colossal embarrassment for Yankee fans. Get ready for the worst season in a decade.

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