Braves sign Diamondbacks castoff Lyle Overbay

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Released by the Diamondbacks two weeks ago, 35-year-old first baseman Lyle Overbay has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Overbay will report to Triple-A for now, with the expectation that he’ll be called up to the majors once rosters expand on September 1.

Overbay’s release wasn’t performance based, as he hit .292 with an .815 OPS in 45 games as a part-timer behind Paul Goldschmidt. He’s a nice luxury to have as a stretch-run bench bat and reportedly drew interest from a handful of contending teams.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.