That didn’t take long: Lyle Overbay is a Yankee
The Yankees have signed free-agent first baseman Lyle Overbay, who was released by the Red Sox earlier on Tuesday, to a Minor League contract.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Overbay is expected to join the team on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees are giving the 36-year-old a chance to seize the starting first base job in the final days of camp.
“He’s going to get an opportunity to play some first,” Girardi said. “He’s been a very good first baseman over the years and he’s going to get an opportunity to show us what he can do.”
Overbay was a non-roster invitee to Boston’s camp and batted .220 with seven RBIs in 19 games this spring. A .270 career hitter over 12 big league seasons, Overbay played in 65 games last year with the D-backs and Braves, batting a combined .259 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 116 at-bats.
“Obviously, he knows how to play the position and he has played it at a pretty high level over the years,” Girardi said.
The Yankees have been searching for help at first base following an injury to Mark Teixeira, who partially tore the tendon sheath in his right wrist and may not return until June. The Yankees believe Teixeira has a 70 percent chance of avoiding season-ending surgery, and have been auditioning non-roster invitee Juan Rivera at the position.
“We’ll see how [Overbay] moves around, see how he swings the bat and try to make a quick judgment,” Girardi said. “That’s what we’re going to have to do. We don’t have a lot of time; we have five days, really, in a sense to make a decision. So we’ll see.”