The Orioles continue to have interest in recently released first baseman
, who is expected to make his decision on his next team soon.
According to an industry source, the Orioles inquired about Overbay last week while he was still with the
Several other teams are reportedly courting the 35-year-old Washington state native, including the
In 45 games this season with the Diamondbacks, Overbay hit .292 with two homers, 10 RBIs and a .367 on-base percentage in 96 at-bats. The left-handed batter is a lifetime .271 hitter (.354 on-base percentage) in a 12-season, big-league career.
But with 24-year-old
Because his salary is guaranteed by the Diamondbacks, any team that signs Overbay will only have to pay the prorated veteran minimum. With money not an issue, Overbay is expected to select a contending team for which he could immediately play a significant amount. He reportedly does not want to go to the minors.
The Orioles could be a fit, given that five different players have started at least one game at first base for them this year.