Recently, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reported that the Mariners and Blue Jays are discussing a deal that would land 1B Lyle Overbay in Seattle.
Certainly, such a deal could make sense for the Blue Jays, who have been looking to shed payroll for a while now, even after ridding themselves of Scott Rolen and Alex Rios. Overbay isn't really overpaid at $7M for 2010, but he lacks the top-notch power that is generally expected from the first base position. He makes up for the lack of home run power with good plate discipline (14.9% walk rate in 2009) and decent gap power (30+ doubles in each of the past six years), he's durable, and he's solid defensively, so he's certainly worthy of everyday time.
I'm not sure that he fits into the Mariners' lineup perfectly, they really lack impact power in that lineup, especially with the departure of Adrian Beltre, but the Mariners could certainly use every good bat that they can find, especially if you consider that they resigned Ken Griffey Jr. earlier this afternoon.
I wouldn't be remotely surprised to see the Blue Jays deal Overbay this winter, not only to free up payroll, but also some playing time. Assuming that the Jays tender Edwin Encarnacion a contract, they'll have to find playing time for Encarnacion, Vernon Wells, Travis Snider, Adam Lind, Randy Ruiz and Jose Bautista between first base, third base, the outfield, and designated hitter.
Overbay is a nice piece, but realistically, the Jays aren't going to be contending in 2010, and trying to get some value for him now could be a nice first move by Alex Anthopolous.