Bauxite gv27 reports that the Jays have completed a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for Lyle Overbay and a PTBNL in exchange for David Bush, Gabe Gross and Zach Jackson.
The team will be holding a press conference any minute now.
Here are Overbay's stats the last three years and for his career:
SEASON TEAM AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ 2003 Ari 254 0.276 0.365 0.402 0.767 92 2004 Mil 579 0.301 0.385 0.478 0.863 127 2005 Mil 537 0.276 0.367 0.449 0.816 113 Total -- 1382 0.285 0.373 0.450 0.823 114Overbay comes with a strong defensive reputation which is supported by his defensive statistics. He'll turn 29 in January and is eligible for his first year of arbitration where he's likely to earn around $3 million in 2006.
The player to be named later from Milwaukee will be announced after the Rule 5 draft is held today. Bob Elliot reports that the player is minor-league righty Ty Taubenheim.
David Bush was JP Ricciardi's second draft pick in his initial draft. He moved through the minors quickly and had a strong second half in 2004 with the Jays. 2005 was a mixed season for Bush. He struggled initially, was sent down to Syracuse for a period and then called back up. After that he would mix great games with bad games.
Gabe Gross, 26, never seemed to be able to crack the Jays lineup. He posted strong seasons in Syracuse the past two years, but struggled when called up to the Jays (albeit in somewhat limited ABs).
Zach Jackson was the Jays second 1st round pick in 2004 out of Texas A&M. The pick was one of two obtained when Kelvim Escobar signed with the Angels two years ago. Jackson had a strong first full pro season in the minors working his way from Class A Dunedin to AAA Syracuse. The Box's minor league crew rated Jackson the team's #4 prospect at the end of this season.