The Houston Astros finished with the worst record Major League Baseball last season at 51-111. The team entered the off season with an abundance of holes to fill, one of which is a first baseman to push starter Brett Wallace, who batted only .221 with 13 home runs in 79 games last season.
As reported by Nick Carfardo of The Boston Globe,the Astros are considering a low-cost option at first base. Veteran Lyle Overbay is one player the Astros have their eyes on. The Milwaukee Brewers also have their eyes on Overbay, as well as Michael Young and Mitch Moreland. Overbay had a good season with the Yankees last year after Mark Teixeira was lost for the season.
Currently, Wallace is competing for the starting job with Marc Krauss, Japhet Amador, Jonathan Singleton and Jesus Guzman. Of the current competition, Krauss had the most playing time last season, batting .209 with four home runs in 134 at bats. A veteran such as Overbay could really push Wallace. Word has it that Singleton is the man the Astros want to be their first baseman when he is ready.
Overbay is a 13-year veteran who has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and the Yankees. Last season, he batted .240 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 142 games. Overbay's best season was in 2005 when he batted .312 with 22 home runs and 92 RBI. He is a career .267 hitter with 147 home runs and 640 RBI.