No Overbay for Phillies -- 1B signs with Brewers

No Overbay for Phillies -- 1B signs with Brewers
January 20, 2014, 3:00 pm
Share This Post

Lyle Overbay is a .267 career hitter with a .782 OPS. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies had interest in first baseman Lyle Overbay as a lefty bench bat and possible late-inning defensive replacement for Ryan Howard, but the veteran has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Though it's just a minor-league deal for Overbay in Milwaukee, it still makes more sense for him than any type of deal the Phillies could have offered. The Brewers have no first baseman and will likely hold an open competition between Overbay, Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco for the job. At 36, Overbay will have another shot at significant playing time, which he wouldn't have found here.

The Phillies are still looking around at cheap solutions for the bench. One could be Vernon Wells, who they reportedly have interest in (see story).

As of Monday, the Phillies' bench appears to include Darin Ruf, Kevin Frandsen, John Mayberry, backup catcher Wil Nieves, and either Freddy Galvis or Cesar Hernandez.

Hernandez is a switch-hitter, but the other five are righties. The Phillies could still use a lefty with some pop off the bench. Tony Gwynn Jr., Clete Thomas and Reid Brignac are left-handed hitters with invites to spring training, but they aren't power threats.