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Lyle Overbay's minor deal could become major role

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08:23 AM ET 02.02 | At a minimum, Lyle Overbay could potentially offer protection for the Red Sox in case Mike Napoli begins experiencing problems related to avascular necrosis, a disease that results in deterioration and possible death of a bone in the hip caused by a lack of blood flow. But the 36-year-old also could serve as a left-handed bat off the bench and a late-inning defensive replacement for Napoli. All along, the Red Sox have been on the lookout for a left-handed hitter capable of playing both first base and left field, a search that is expected to continue throughout spring training even after the deal with Overbay.

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February 2, 2013  08:53 AM ET

It's very odd to see the Red Sox dumpster diving and the LA teams assimilating all the big contracts and free agents while the Yankees sit on the side lines.

February 2, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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dude is 36 and hasn't been relevant in years-if he is expected to have a 'major role' that is NOT good

He won't even make the team.

February 2, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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He won't even make the team.

if he becomes tough in the hitting spot,,there would questions about his higher numbers,,did he use peds??

February 2, 2013  02:29 PM ET
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He won't even make the team.

+1. someone is burning weed in the hot stove.

February 2, 2013  03:23 PM ET

I seriously doubt he'll ever play a major role on this or any other team.

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February 3, 2013  03:08 PM ET

I don't think he hurts the Sox and could be a very important reserve!

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