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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:16

Red Sox release Lyle Overbay

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One Red Sox roster battle has reached a resolution, as the club released first baseman Lyle Overbay from his minor league contract today. After signing with the club on February 1st, Overbay spent spring training competing with recent acquisition Mike Carp and converted outfielder Daniel Nava for the backup job at first base, but ultimately fell short due to the restrictions of his contract as an Article XX (B) free agent. Because of a rule in the new collective bargaining agreement, the Red Sox had to decide on Tuesday whether to add Overbay to the 25-man roster, pay him a $100,000 retention bonus to start in the minor leagues, or release him. Once the team decided not to put Overbay on the Opening Day roster, he decided that it would be better to pursue other opportunities than to go to the minors with the Red Sox.Overbay, a veteran of twelve major league seasons with the Diamondbacks (2001-03, 2011-12), Brewers (2004-05), Blue Jays (2006-10), Pirates (2011), and Braves (2012), will likely latch on with a new team in the near future. The Yankees have been scouting him recently, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, and Overbay's signing with the Yankees is considered "unlikely, but possible" according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The Brewers have also been interested in Overbay all winter, and a reunion with his former team may be an option in the coming days.With this move, it is clear that the Red Sox are prepared to move on with Carp and Nava backing Mike Napoli up at first base, and also that they value the versatility that both part-time outfielders bring to the table. The next roster decision for the team will come on Thursday, when outfielder Ryan Sweeney will decide if he wants to opt out of his minor league deal or not. At this point, it is considered likely that Sweeney will make the team on Opening Day, but rookie sensation Jackie Bradley Jr. is also considered a strong candidate, complicating the situation. For the latest, be sure to stay here at CLNSRadio.com or follow Chris Cotillo on Twitter @TradeDeadliner.