#Pirates GM: "Garrett (Jones) becomes a viable option (at first base) if we can't get Lyle (Overbay) on track."â†µ
Overbay is hitting .230 AVG / .310 OBP / .356 SLG right now. Even given that 2011 has been a down year for offense and that Overbay has helped the Pirates' defense with his scooping ability at first base, his offense has been unacceptable.â†µ
Overbay was signed to a $5 million contract in the offseason, a contract that looks pretty likely to be a bust. At the very least, the Bucs should have seen this as a legitimate possibility. Overbay is 34, an age when many players are in decline, and he had already had a somewhat weak season in 2010 with the Blue Jays, batting .243/.329/.433. At his best, Overbay hit for a decent blend of batting average, walks, and power, but those days might be behind him.â†µ
If Jones were to begin taking at-bats from Overbay, then Xavier Paul would probably take more at bats in right field.