AL BEast Notebook – March 28
The Yankees finished their Grapefruit League season today, losing 2-1 to the Pirates. After the game, Juan Rivera was released and according to ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews, Lyle Overbay will be the starting first baseman for Opening Day and for the next six weeks.
Well, almost. Their first game is against lefty Jon Lester, so it is likely that Jayson Nix or another righty gets the start instead. Overbay will get the nod on Wednesday against Clay Buchholz.
Juan Rivera, signed January 28, played pretty well this spring, hitting .305 (18-59) with five doubles. But after the Yankees signed Ben Francisco on March 11, Brennan Boesch March 15, traded for Vernon Wells March 25 and acquired Lyle Overbay on March 26, there is no room for Rivera.
So I guess that means Lyle Overbay’s three day audition was successful.
Continuing what I wrote yesterday, Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner’s offseason strategy of alternatives (Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson, Matt Diaz)...