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Atlanta Braves Sign Lyle Overbay to Minor League Contract

August 21st, 2012 at 8:07 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves signed the recently released Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract on Monday, reports.

Overbay will report to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday on their day off and begin playing Thursday against Syracuse. General manager Frank Wren said the move will allow Overbay to join the Major League club Sept. 1 and let him play in the postseason if he is needed.

"[It] will give us another left-handed bat off the bench," Wren said. "Obviously, he's a first baseman that can give, based on how [manager] Fredi [Gonzalez] wants to use him, give Freddie [Freeman] a day off. We feel like he's a nice addition, gives us another veteran guy that can give you professional at-bats off the bench."

Overbay was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30. He has hit .292 in 45 games, though he finished on a 2-for-25 skid with the D-Backs.

Overbay has also spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and PIttsburgh Pirates in his 12-year career.

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