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.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”