When the Diamondbacks designated Lyle Overbay for assignment last week there was speculation that they already had a trade lined up for the veteran first baseman, because he was seemingly hitting well enough not to just let him go for nothing.
But that’s exactly what happened today, as Arizona released Overbay and made him a free agent eligible to sign with any team for any salary.
Overbay was mostly a bench bat in Arizona, playing behind starter Paul Goldschmidt, but he hit .292 with an .815 OPS in 110 plate appearances and has posted an OPS above .750 in four of the past five seasons. Even at age 35 he could help quite a few teams in a part-time/platoon role.
Pawtucket has been the home of the Red Sox’ Triple-A affiliate since 1973. There have, over the years, been some threats that that might change, but they’ve amounted to nothing. Until now. Get read to welcome the Worcester Red Sox. From the Boston Globe:
[T]he Pawtucket Red Sox said Friday that they had signed a deal to move to Worcester, ending an era for the minor league affiliate in Rhode Island that dates back to 1973.
PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino said the team signed a letter of intent with the city to build a nearly $90 million, 10,000-seat stadium that would be open for baseball in 2021.
I just assumed “Worcester Red Sox.” The article says that Lucchino is considering the “Wooster WooSox” as a nickname. I’ll leave it to those of you with a vested interest in Red Sox minor leagues teams to weigh in on that.
And yes, the stadium will be paid for with tax dollars and other public funds, because of course it will be.