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Milwaukee Brewers Sign New York Yankees 1B Lyle Overbay to Minor-League Deal

January 21st, 2014 at 4:18 AM
By Doug Rush

Last week, the Milwaukee Brewers added a former Yankee player in Mark Reynolds, who signed a minor-league deal with the team. On Monday, the Brewers added a second Yankee player from 2013 to join their potential infield for 2014.

The Brewers announced that they have signed former New York Yankees first basemen Lyle Overbay to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training and will compete to either win the starting first base job or at least a job off the bench.

Overbay was a late signing for the Yankees in spring training, as he was cut by the Boston Red Sox on March 26 and was signed by the Yankees the very same day to a one-year deal and ended up being the starting first basemen for the Yankees on opening day against the very same Red Sox due to Mark Teixeira suffering a wrist injury that month.

In the 142 games he played for the Yankees, he hit .240 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI and did about as well of a job filling in for Teixeira at first base as anyone could expected considering he was signed a week before the regular season started; although due to the fact that Overbay was only a left-handed hitter, the Yankees wanted to get a right-handed hitter to help platoon with Overbay, which is why they signed Reynolds in August. Now the two will be teammates in spring training for Milwaukee again in 2014.

This is the second tenure with the Brewers for Overbay, as he was on the team from 2004-2005; Overbay was part of a nine-player deal in December of 2003 in which the Arizona Diamondbacks sent over Overbay to the Brewers in the deal that landed them Richie Sexson.

Tags: Baseball, Lyle Overbay, Mark Reynolds, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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