Red Sox News: Boston Signs Veteran Sean Casey to One-Year Deal

Aaron BaralCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2008

According to ESPN's Peter Gammons, Sean Casey and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth a reported $700,000. 

The signing gives the Red Sox added depth at first base, a position filled last year by Eric Hinske. 

This signing may spell the end of Hinske in Boston, as the RF/1B is not under contract and is currently a free-agent.

The 33-year-old, eleven-year veteran Casey, previously a member of the Detroit Tigers, is known for his consistent chatter on the field and is a great teammate.  Casey gives the Red Sox an experienced option when resting Kevin Youkilis or Mike Lowell.

This was the first major move the unusually dormant Red Sox have made this off-season.  It is likely that the Red Sox will try to move CF Coco Crisp, who is looking at being a bench player this year due to the success last year of OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who is the CF of the future. 

The Red Sox may try to package Crisp and P Julian Tavarez, a player that is on his way out with Red Sox fans.

As of right now the Red Sox roster is...


Starting Pitchers

Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester



Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Kyle Snyder, Julian Tavarez, Mike Timlin, David Aardsma



Manny Ramirez, Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew, Coco Crisp (B)


Infield (including Catcher)

Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Julio Lugo, Mike Lowell, Sean Casey (B), Alex Cora (B), Jason Varitek, Doug Mirabelli (B)



David Ortiz


(B) - indicates a bench player