The Atlanta Braves have signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) August 20, 2012
#Braves signed 1B Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal. He'll report to Gwinnett. To join braves when rosters expand Sept. 1 as bench piece
Overbay was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks in late July. Though several teams, including the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles, showed some interest in acquiring the veteran, a trade was not completed and Overbay was ultimately released by Arizona.
The Braves have announced that Overbay will report to their Triple-A affiliate and that the 35-year-old is expected to be called up to the majors when rosters expand in September.
Overbay remained productive at the plate this season for the Diamondbacks, batting .292/.367/.448 with nine doubles and two home runs over ninety-six at-bats. The twelve-year veteran has also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates and owns a career line of .271/.354/.439.