Lyle Overbay of the Arizona Diamondbacks in action against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
The Braves will soon have the veteran first baseman on their bench as they shoot for a playoff spot.
Lyle Overbay was once a decent, if not star, first baseman. He led the National League in doubles with 53 in 2004, played good defense, and drew a large number of walks (enough to give him a .354 lifetime OBP, despite a pedestrian .271 batting average).
Two weeks later, Overbay has a new job, signed by the Atlanta Braves. It's a Triple-A deal; Overbay will report to the Braves' International League team in Gwinnett, in suburban Atlanta, but not for very long:
1B Lyle Overbay will join Atlanta when Major League rosters expand on September 1st.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 20, 2012
Overbay will serve, no doubt, as a pinch-hitter and backup to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, as Atlanta fights for a playoff spot, and as a useful veteran presence.