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Diamondbacks designate Lyle Overbay for assignment

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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 22: Lyle Overbay #37 of the Arizona Diamondbacks makes a play on a ground ball against the Houston Astros at Chase Field on July 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have designated veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment. The move clears a roster spot for third baseman Chris Johnson, who was acquired from the Astros yesterday.

Overbay, 35, is batting .292/.367/.448 with two home runs, 10 RBI and an .815 OPS over 110 plate appearances this season. However, as Piecoro notes, this includes a brutal 2-for-25 stretch since June 23.

Ryan Wheeler, who was recently promoted from Triple-A Reno, will take over as the backup to Paul Goldschmidt at first base. Overbay was only making $1 million this season, so he figures to generate some trade interest from contending clubs.

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Reds are expected to pursue Overbay.