January 13, 2014

Astros have their sights set on Overbay

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Lyle Overbay "remains on the Astros’ short list of low-cost first basemen." Cafardo adds that Houston "would love to have a veteran who could push Brett Wallace."

The Astros are looking for somebody to play at first base until one of their top prospects, Jonathan Singleton, is ready to play there on a daily basis.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has stated that the ball club will after open competition during spring training for the first base job. Brett Wallace, who Cafardo referred to, is in line to compete with Marc Krauss, Jesus Guzman and Japhet Amador for the first base gig.

Lyle Overbay got more playing time than expected last season with the New York Yankees, because the injuries to 1B Mark Teixeira and 3B Kevin Youkilis, Overbay batted just .240/.295/.393 last season for the Yankees but did hammer out 14 homers.

Overbay is a 13-year veteran who has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and the Yankees.

I'd sign Overbay and slot him ahead of Wallace on the depth charts. Even though at this stage of his career, Overbay is more suited for a left-handed bat off the bench and in a backup role.

Whoever winds up as the Astros' Opening Day first baseman will just be playing there until Singleton is ready

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