Yankees sign Overbay, claim pitcher

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The New York Yankees signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor-league deal Tuesday, hours after he was released by the Boston Red Sox, according to a Newsday report.

The 36-year-old batted .259 in 131 plate appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves last season. He was pushed out of Boston's first-base picture after the team's acquisition of Mike Carp.

He may find playing time with the Yankees due to the wrist injury suffered by Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees also claimed right-handed pitcher Dan Otero off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. The 28-year-old made his Major League debut with the Giants last season, and posted a 5.84 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.

A 21st-round pick by San Francisco in 2007, he is 15-3 with a 2.13 ERA, 234 strikeouts and 38 walks in 236 appearances over six minor-league seasons.
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