Instead, the 34-year-old was cut after the Yanks signed Francisco on March 11 and added Overbay on Tuesday. Rivera confirmed that he had been released during Thursday's game against the Pirates, and said he has been told that Overbay and outfielder Ben Francisco will make the team. Overbay will compete with Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson for the job at first base. Overbay is a 12-year veteran who has played for the D-backs, Blue Jays, Brewers, Pirates and Braves. Among the 38 players remaining in Red Sox camp, 32 are on the 40-man roster, one is on the 60-day disabled list and five are non-roster invitees.TAMPA, Fla. The Yankees’ seemingly unending pursuit of castoffs continued Tuesday when Vernon Wells showed up in camp and just an hour later they signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal. But when it was discovered in early March that every-day first baseman Mark Teixeira had suffered a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist while training for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA, Rivera, who played 99 games at first base over the past two seasons for the Dodgers, became the front-runner to be the Yankees' starting first baseman in his absence.
For three weeks, Juan Rivera had the inside track to be the Yankees' starting first baseman on Opening Day. But on the final day of spring training, Rivera became a former Yankee, released in favor of Lyle Overbay.