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Overbay will head to spring training with Brewers

Lyle Overbay hit 14 home runs for the New York Yankees in 2013.
Lyle Overbay hit 14 home runs for the New York Yankees in 2013.
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Lyle Overbay is heading back to Milwaukee.

The former Nevada Wolf Pack outfielder has signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and will compete for a roster spot this spring with the National League team. Overbay, who will turn 37-yearsold on Jan. 28, has played with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees in his 12-year major league career.

Overbay, a first baseman in the major leagues after playing right field for the Wolf Pack from 1996-99, hit 14 home runs with 24 doubles and 59 RBI for the Yankees last season. Overbay hit .240 a year ago in 142 games in New York.

Overbay steps into a first base situation in Milwaukee that would seem to be wide open. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder could become the lefthanded side of a platoon at first with right-hander Mark Reynolds. The Brewers had a revolving door at first last year led by Yunieski Bettancourt, Juan Francisco and Sean Halton.

Overbay played for the Brewers in 2004 and 2005 and enjoyed two of his best seasons in the big leagues. He hit .301 with 16 homers and 87 RBI in 2004 and hit 19 homers and 72 RBI on a .276 average in 2005.

His 14 homers and 59 RBI last year were his most since he had 20 homers and 67 RBI with Toronto in 2010.

Overbay is a .267 career hitter in the major leagues over 4,844 at-bats. The lefthander also has 1,295 career hits with 147 home runs and 640 RBI.

The Centralia, Wash., native is one of the greatest hitters in Wolf Pack history. He hit .358 for the Wolf Pack in four seasons with 39 homers, 257 RBI and 243 runs scored. on 309 hits over 209 games.

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