Saturday, February 2, 2013

No projection for Lyle Overbay

2011: 121 games, .234 BA, .310 OBP, .360 SLG, 9 HR, 47 RBI
2012 projection: 113 games, .248 BA, .335 OBP, .404 SLG 9 HR, 41 RBI
2012: 131 games, .259 BA, .331 OBP, .397 SLG, 2 HR, 10 RBI
2013 projection: [None]

After a rather disappointing end to the 2012 season, Bill James and his team didn't do projections for Lyle Overbay in the 2013 Handbook. The Red Sox have only signed him to a minor league deal, with an invitation to spring training.

Overbay will make a good counterpart for the right-handed Mike Napoli, and is by all accounts, a solid defensive first baseman - assuming he makes the team out of spring training.  The Red Sox willbe Overbay's seventh team in the majors, but just his second American League team, as he spent 2006-2010 in Toronto.

Overbay has a lot of experience in different clubhouses, and his presence could be a good thing for the Red Sox this season - in addition to possibly platooning with Napoli against tough righties.

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