What Will the New York Yankees do with Lyle Overbay?

By Andrew Binninger

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It’s good that Curtis Granderson is back for the New York Yankees. Eventually, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will be back. Once these guys are back, the Yankees should continue their success.

At least, that’s what I would like to see. I’ll be glad when Teixeira comes back. When healthy, he is one of the best first baseman in baseball. My question is, what will the Yankees do with Lyle Overbay?

Overbay has been one of the nice surprises on the Yankees this season, and is currently hitting .266 average with 6 home runs and 24 RBIs. This was one of those moves that I did not understand at first, but I have been wrong about a number of things regarding the Yankees this season.

The fact that Overbay made the team was impressive. There were not any guarantees that he would make the big league club when the Yankees signed him during the off-season.

The reality is that when Youkilis and Teixeira come back, the Yankees just won’t have enough room for Overbay. In a dream scenario, I would like to see the Yankees release either Eduardo Nunez or Jayson Nix. Neither player seems to be doing that much this season.

However, Eduardo Nunez is currently on the DL, Derek Jeter is out until mid-July and Alex Rodriguez is out for who knows how long. The Yankees need insurance on the left side of the infield.

It’s sad because Overbay has done a very good job for the Yankees. However, it is a business and certain moves have to be made. Kevin Youkilis will be back before Teixeira, so this should allow more playing time for Lyle. When Teixeira does come back, it could mean the end of Overbay’s time in pinstripes.

It’s too bad, because Overbay has been a nice story for the Yankees this season.

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