Sunday, May 19, 2013
What to do with Overbay
By Jason A. Churchill
The New York Yankees hope to get back first baseman Mark Teixeria soon.
Teixeira said he's aiming to get back on the field with the Yankees before the end of May, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
When Teixeira is ready to rejoin, the club will not only have to make a 25-man roster move, they'll also have to clear space on the 40-man roster before activating the veteran first baseman. The bigger question, however, may be centered on what the club chooses to do with Lyle Overbay.
The Yanks snatched up Overbay at the very end of spring training to handle first base after he was let go by the Boston Red Sox. He's played in 38 of the club's 40 games and is batting a respectable .259 with a robust .475 slugging percentage. The lefty hitter also has six homers and 24 RBIs, which is the second-most on the team.
Overbay won't play everyday with Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis due back, but he's torturing right-handed pitching -- .316/.362/.592 -- and could have nice value in a platoon role. Plus, Teixeira, a switch hitter who is traditionally better from the right side, may need more time off to stay healthy and fresh, which would open some time for Overbay to get at-bats.
Overbay could also spell Travis Hafner, who had a great April but has slowed down some in May. At some point the club may have to make a more permanent move with Overbay, and that may include a trade. The surprising fact here in mid-May is that Overbay may actually have a bit of value.