BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox have released first baseman Lyle Overbay, the team announced on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Overbay signed with Boston as a minor league free agent in January and was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training.  In 19 games for the Red Sox this spring, Overbay batted .220 with one double, two triples, and seven RBI.

Overbay had been battling for one of Boston’s final roster spots to serve as a back-up to first baseman Mike Napoli. But it appears Daniel Nava and Mike Carp have the inside track ahead of Overbay, so Boston set him free to explore other potential spots on other teams.

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Monday’s release of Overbay leaves the Red Sox with 38 players in major league camp, including 32 from the 40-man roster, one from the 60-day DL and five non-roster invitees.

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The Red Sox are expected to make a decision on outfielder Ryan Sweeney soon, who has an opt out on March 28.


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