Boston Red Sox Release Lyle Overbay, Ryan Sweeney Could be Next

By Justin Söderberg
Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox have announced on Tuesday they have released Lyle Overbay. The first baseman was signed to a minor league deal and included an invite to spring training.

Overbay was trying to win the backup spot behind Mike Napoli coming out of spring training, but the team is more likely to use Mike Carp and Daniel Nava in that role. He did have an option to opt-out of his contract if he didn’t make the opening day roster, instead the Red Sox granted him his release so he can pursue other options.

The 36-year-old saw action in 19 games for the Red Sox during spring training. He batted .220 with only nine hits in 41 at bats and seven RBI. Over his 12-year career he has batted .270 with 133 home runs with five different organizations. He will likely get a backup role on some team in the majors this season.

The Red Sox could soon release another player trying to win a backup role with the team. Ryan Sweeney has been in 19 games this spring, batting .222 with 10 hits and two RBI. With the emergence of Jackie Bradley Jr., the need for a backup outfielder has diminished greatly.

There is still no word on whether or not the Red Sox will keep Bradley on the big league roster come the beginning of the season. However, he is playing well enough to be up in the majors. The team has until March 28 to make a decision on Sweeney, which is when he can opt-out and pursue other options.

Red Sox Nation has less than a week to see who will make the major league club when spring training ends.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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