Atlanta Braves Sign Lyle Overbay To Minor League Contract

Jul 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Lyle Overbay (37) reacts to striking out during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Diamondbacks defeated the Reds 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Braves signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract.

The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, according to the team's official Twitter.

Overbay will report to Gwinnett this week and likely get a couple of games in to get back into the swing of things before joining the Braves in September.

Overbay last appeared in a game with the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 27. Overbay was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on July 30, before being released by Arizona on Aug. 6.

The Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds both reportedly had interest in signing the veteran first baseman.

Overbay could end up being the left handed bench bat that the Braves were looking for, and will join the Braves on Sept. 1, once rosters expand to 40 players.

Prior to his release, Overbay hit .292/.367/.448, with two home runs and 10 doubles in 96 at bats.

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