Casey had a .296 BA last season along with four HR and 54 RBI. These are definitely not very impressive numbers, but they are solid for a bench player.
Casey will back up Kevin Youkilis at first base.
The signing of Casey also gives the Sox another left-handed batter on their roster.
At this moment, the Red Sox bench consists of Alex Cora, Sean Casey, Doug Mirabelli, and Coco Crisp.
Former bench players Eric Hinske and Bobby Kielty are still unsigned free agents.
I believe that this acquisition is actually imperative for the Sox' success this season. Boston needed a backup left-handed hitter, and picked up a solid one.
It should be a fun year for Casey on Red Sox, and he will hopefully get a warm welcome from all Bostonians.
In other news, Manny Ramirez has stated that he will show up at the Sox spring training camp in Fort Myers on February 21, along with the rest of his teammates.
Manny has said numerous times that he has been working out in a training facility in Tempe, Arizona. He has also stated that he is throughly impressed with the facility and said, "I want to be like Julio Franco, and play until I’m 48...and if you want to do it, this is the right place to come."
Manny Ramirez is in the last year of his contract. For the Sox to pick up his option, Manny must improve from his mediocre 2007 performance.