Derrek Lee provided a huge boost at first base in September.
Heading in to the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a short term answer at first base. They ended up signing Lyle Overbay, who was coming off a 2010 season where he posted a .243/.329/.433 line in Toronto, which was actually a down year for the first baseman. Overbay struggled big time with the Pirates, hitting for a .227/.300/.349 line in 352 at-bats before getting released on August 5th. After he was released, Overbay signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he bounced back with a .286/.388/.452 line in 42 at-bats at the end of the season, with most of the production coming in September.
The question throughout the season asked why the Pirates stuck with Overbay for so long. His finish to the season might have given an indication as to why the Pirates held on to him for so long, and what they might have been waiting for. Throughout the waiting, the Pirates had Matt Hague performing well at t...
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