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Lyle Overbay Signs With Arizona Diamondbacks

Former Pirates first baseman Lyle Overbay, who the Bucs dropped when they acquired Derrek Lee two weeks ago, has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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"It feels good," said Overbay. "I'm excited, I couldn't be in a better position, right now, coming into a playoff atmosphere. And I just want to enjoy the ride."

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Good for Overbay, bad for the Diamondbacks, who felt like they needed someone new after fellow former Pirate Xavier Nady broke his hand. In the article, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson credits Overbay's defense, but Overbay isn't a plus defensive first baseman anymore, and he obviously doesn't hit particularly well anymore either. It wouldn't be beyond the realm of comprehension if Overbay caught fire and hit well down the stretch, but it would be pretty surprising.

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Anyway, the Diamondbacks will have to cover a small portion of the remainder of the contract Overbay signed with the Pirates, about $100,000. The Pirates are still on the hook for the rest.

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For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.