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Released by Red Sox, Lyle Overbay signs with Yankees

Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 16: Lyle Overbay #37 of the Arizona Diamondbacks follows through on his swing for the game winning double in the ninth inning during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 16, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Diamondbacks won 3-2. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take very long. Erik Boland of New York Newsday reports that Overbay has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Yankees just hours after being dropped by the Red Sox.

Boston has released Lyle Overbay, who signed a minor-league deal in January when the Red Sox were looking for depth at first base with Mike Napoli’s health status uncertain.

Overbay is no longer a starting-caliber player at age 36 and has hit just .239 with 11 homers and a .683 OPS in 571 plate appearances as a part-timer during the past two seasons.

He could still have some value as a left-handed bench bat, but that role is a lot more prevalent in the National League.