PHOENIX -- Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay was initially surprised when he got the news last November that he had been dealt to the D-backs in exchange for catcher Chris Snyder.
"Especially because it was so early in the offseason -- it was back in November -- I didn't even know they were talking," Overbay said. "All of a sudden, I get the phone call, and I'm like 'Really, you guys are talking trades already?' That was kind of a shocker."
As it turned out, there was another surprise in store for Overbay. As he was driving to take his physical, he got a call from Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos, telling him the Blue Jays had nixed the trade over concerns about Snyder's surgically-repaired back.
"It [being sent to Arizona] would have been all right, but it worked out differently," Overbay said. "No hard feelings."
Had the trade gone through, it would have been a return to Arizona for Overbay, who was drafted by the D-backs in 1999 and played in the big leagues for them from 2001-2003.
Overbay is batting .200 with four home runs and 17 RBIs through 42 games this season.
Getting to come back with Toronto this weekend is something he relishes.
"It feels awesome," Overbay said. "You forgot how nice it is to come back, you do miss it. Best batter's eye in any ballpark."