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Monday, January 20, 2014

Brewers Notes: Milwaukee signs Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract

By on 1/20/2014 04:24:00 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers added a familiar name to the first base gauntlet on Monday, agreeing on minor league contract and an invitation to spring training with veteran Lyle Overbay, as announced by the club's player development department on Twitter.

Fast approaching his 37th birthday, the left-handed hitting Overbay spent last season with the New York Yankees boasting a .240/.295/.340 mark with 14 home runs in 486 plate appearances as the Bombers primary first baseman. 

Overbay previously enjoyed the finest two-year stint of his career in Milwaukee from 2004-05, slugging his way to a .289/.376/.464 while leading the National League in doubles in 2004. The Washington native kept in line with his career splits last season by hitting .258/.317/.432 against right-handed pitching versus a paltry .190/.232/.284 against southpaws.
With former teammate Mark Reynolds considered a virtual lock to make the opening day roster, Overbay finds himself in competition with Juan Francisco, Sean Halton, and Hunter Morris for a big league job this spring.

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  1. Is this a potential platoon with Mark Reynolds?

  2. Certainly a possibility, thought there was some chatter on Twitter today that perhaps Reynolds would have avoided signing with Milwaukee had he known he would be expected to platoon at first base.