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Brewers' Lyle Overbay "99.9 percent sure" to retire

The 2004 National League doubles leader is set to call it a career.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime major league first baseman Lyle Overbay is likely to call it a career, as he tells MLB Network Radio that he is "99.9 percent sure" of retiring this offseason. Overbay has played 14 years in the big leagues with the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Blue Jays, Pirates, Braves, and Yankees.

The 37-year-old Overbay spent all of 2014 with the Brewers, where he served as a part-time first baseman, getting into 121 games, but accruing just 296 plate appearances. He hit .233/.328/.333 with 4 home runs, a 85 OPS+, and -0.3 WAR. From 2004 to 2010, Overbay was consistently an above-average offensive weapon (112 OPS+), however, his numbers have dropped off considerably since the start of the 2011 season (88 OPS+). For his career, Overbay has hit .266/.347/.429 (106 OPS+), while collecting 1,355 hits, 356 doubles, 151 home runs, 638 walks, and a 17.2 WAR.

If the 0.1% prevails and Overbay does decide to give it another shot, he will be free to sign with any team as he is currently an impending free agent. However, there likely wouldn't be a robust market for a below-average offensive first baseman creeping towards his 40's.