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Report: Red Sox agree to minor-league deal with Overbay

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First baseman Lyle Overbay reportedly has agreed to a contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Overbay agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to the major league camp, according to the Boston Herald. He is expected to compete for a backup position to Mike Napoli, who was signed earlier this month despite a degenerative hip condition.

The left-handed hitting Overbay, 36, batted .259 last season in 65 games for Atlanta and Arizona.

Napoli and the Sox agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with incentives that could push the total value up to $13 million if Napoli avoids time on the disabled list because of the hip.

That's what Napoli would have averaged on the three-year, $39 million deal he agreed to on Dec. 3, before a physical revealed issues with his hip that sent the two sides back to the negotiating table for seven weeks.

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