Red Sox release Lyle Overbay; Yankees sign him

Red Sox release Lyle Overbay; Yankees sign him
March 26, 2013, 11:45 am
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A decision was due on Tuesday regarding Lyle Overbay and his future with the Red Sox, and the team ultimately decided to part ways with the first basemen.

Overbay, 36, signed with Boston as a minor league free agent in January and was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training. In 19 games for the Red Sox this spring, he batted .220 with one double, two triples, and seven RBI.

“He’s done what we thought," Sox manager John Farrell said of Overbay on Monday, prior to the decision. "He’s been as advertised with the way he’s performed over the last couple of years. He’s moved into that bench role and I think he’s pretty accurate with who he is as a player and what his strengths are. So there’s no surprises with him.”

The Red Sox now have 38 players in major league camp, including 32 players from the 40-man roster, one on the 60-day disabled list and five non-roster invitees.

Update: The Yankees signed Overbay to a minor league deal, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.