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.
The Diamondbacks selected the contract of pitcher Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Reno ahead of Sunday’s game against the Mets. It marked Buchholz’s first major league start since April 11 last season (also against the Mets) when he was a member of the Phillies. Shortly after that start, he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass and he ended up not being able to pitch the rest of the season.
Buchholz signed a minor league deal with the Royals but he opted out of his contract at the beginning of this month. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal a few days later, needing depth with a depleted starting rotation. Buchholz made two starts for Reno before getting the call Sunday.
Buchholz, 33, pitched well on Sunday against the Mets, lasting five innings and limiting the opposition to a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. His only blemish was allowing a solo home run to Amed Rosario leading off the sixth. He was immediately relieved by T.J. McFarland afterwards.
It is not yet clear if Buchholz will get another turn through the D-Backs’ rotation.