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Sox sign Lyle Overbay


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#1 Corsi


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

Source: 1B Lyle Overbay has nonroster invite to spring training with #RedSox.

https://twitter.com/ScottLauber/status/297088399184121857
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Edited by Corsi, 31 January 2013 - 04:20 PM.


#2 Corsi


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

Overbay can opt-out of minor league deal with #RedSox if he isn't on major league roster by end of spring training

https://twitter.com/ScottLauber/status/297088733910544386
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

Despite signing Overbay, the Red Sox are expected to continue to seek other lefty-hitting first base solutions throughout spring training.

http://bostonherald....e_overbay_minor



#4 Sprowl


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

Overbay is a good gamble for the Red Sox as a backup to Napoli, or if Napoli crumbles, a left-handed platoon partner for Gomez. Overbay's career OPS vs. RHP = .821. Here are the Skydome hits from his last big year, 2010 in Toronto, overlaid on Fenway. If he has anything left in the tank at 36, he might make good use of the Monster.

 

Overbay2010onFenway_zpsf15b0ae7.png

 

edit: LHP corrected to RHP. Thanks Scout and Snod.



#5 Philip Jeff Frye


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

Ugh, just had a Gary Gaetti/Spring Training 2000 flashback!

 

Okay, Overbay is probably not that bad and is certainly not that old, but if he makes the roster, that is a very, very bad sign for this team.



#6 Snodgrass'Muff


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:22 PM

Overbay hasn't really been a good hitter since 2009, so I doubt anyone is going to expect much.  There's probably a pretty good chance he opts out after spring training, because I have a hard time seeing this team not find a better option.  I'm also guessing Sprowl made a typo as he listed his OPS vs RHP not LHP in the above post.  That said, last year his split saw a .751 against RHP, 2011 he had a .677 and 2010 he had a .781 so the guy who hit righties well seems to be long gone.



#7 Savin Hillbilly


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:58 PM

What's mostly gone is his power. He had an OBP of .331 overall and .339 vs. RHP last year, so he still has more or less respectable on-base skills. But the long ball, never a big part of his repertoire, has become a non-factor. So he's just a pretty good defender who gets on base OK--the Nick Punto of first sackers. I like the signing on prudential grounds, but agree that if we actually turn out to need him, that will be unfortunate. (If he could play anywhere but 1B it might be a different story.)



#8 mwonow

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

What's mostly gone is his power. He had an OBP of .331 overall and .339 vs. RHP last year, so he still has more or less respectable on-base skills. But the long ball, never a big part of his repertoire, has become a non-factor. So he's just a pretty good defender who gets on base OK--the Nick Punto of first sackers. I like the signing on prudential grounds, but agree that if we actually turn out to need him, that will be unfortunate. (If he could play anywhere but 1B it might be a different story.)

That's pretty consistent with what I remember seeing in Toronto - Overbay's a guy who won't kill you, has pretty good bat control and defense, but who doesn't scare anyone



#9 reggiecleveland


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

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Before signing Lyle Oberbay, Boston had an NL team offer toget them Chris Coghlan from Miami in 3-way. .850-.595 4-yr. OPS scary



#10 Corsi


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Red Sox release Lyle Overbay. No news on Sweeney today

https://twitter.com/alexspeier/status/316564445478404096
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#11 NJ Fan

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:08 AM

Waiting for the corresponding NYY signing announcement...



#12 Red(s)HawksFan


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:18 PM

Waiting for the corresponding NYY signing announcement...

 

Wait no longer...Overbay signs minor league deal with Yankees.



#13 Savin Hillbilly


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:32 PM

The fact that the Yankees are not only jumping at the chance to add the moldering corpse of a third-rate player, but could easily end up starting him, fills my belly with a warm glow of joy.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

The fact that the Yankees are not only jumping at the chance to add the moldering corpse of a third-rate player, but could easily end up starting him, fills my belly with a warm glow of joy.

 

The fact that it's a lefty that is a decent defender makes it a pretty good move, though. It's scraping the bottom of the barrel, but they could do worse. 

 

I'm not saying they'll be strong at 1B, but they're marginally better at the position than they were yesterday. Though it should be noted that when Overbay represents an upgrade, you have to reassess your organization.



#15 ToeKneeArmAss


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:07 PM

Hopefully having seen him this spring will ensure that Red Sox pitchers know how to get him out.



#16 mwonow

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:00 PM

Hopefully having seen him this spring will ensure that Red Sox pitchers know how to get him out.

 

He only hit .220, so there's likely more than one answer to the question...



#17 reggiecleveland


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

It seems inevitable he will hit a cheap Yankee stadium homer of the sox in the opening series.






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