Atlanta Braves Sign Lyle Overbay

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).

This season, however, he was reduced to part-time duty with the Diamondbacks, on the emergence of Paul Goldschmidt as the starter, and was released by the team August 5.

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:

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.

For more on the Braves, please visit Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta.

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