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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
14 5644 .302 .367 .447 107 9.6
Birth Date7-2-1974
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age45 years, 1 months, 16 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1997 CLE 22 6 12 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 .200 .333 .200 82 -0.2 -0.7 0.0 -0.1
1998 CIN 23 96 351 82 21 1 7 43 45 3 1 1 .272 .365 .417 104 2.6 -0.6 -0.2 0.4
1999 CIN 24 151 669 197 42 3 25 61 88 9 0 2 .332 .399 .539 131 30.9 -1.1 -2.3 3.0
2000 CIN 25 133 545 151 33 2 20 52 80 7 1 0 .315 .385 .517 116 15.1 -2.4 6.9 2.4
2001 CIN 26 145 588 165 40 0 13 43 63 9 3 1 .310 .369 .458 104 5.4 0.2 -3.3 0.9
2002 CIN 27 120 476 111 25 0 6 43 47 5 2 1 .261 .334 .362 81 -8.9 -0.1 2.7 -0.1
2003 CIN 28 147 629 167 19 3 14 51 58 2 4 0 .291 .350 .408 99 1.7 1.4 -2.9 0.5
2004 CIN 29 146 633 185 44 2 24 46 36 10 2 0 .324 .381 .534 130 24.7 -2.8 -6.0 2.2
2005 CIN 30 137 587 165 32 0 9 48 48 5 2 0 .312 .371 .423 105 3.6 -0.2 0.6 1.0
2006 DET 31 53 196 45 7 0 5 10 21 1 0 1 .245 .286 .364 97 0.2 -0.2 -3.3 -0.1
2006 PIT 31 59 244 63 15 0 3 23 22 6 0 0 .296 .377 .408 95 -0.4 -1.6 -2.8 -0.2
2007 DET 32 143 496 134 30 1 4 39 42 2 2 2 .296 .353 .393 98 0.7 -1.1 -6.9 -0.2
2008 BOS 33 69 218 64 14 0 0 17 25 2 1 0 .322 .381 .392 100 0.6 -2.6 -2.1 -0.2
Career1405564415313221213047757762188.302.367.44710776.0-12.0-19.79.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1995 WTT A- NYP 55 229 .000 .000 .000 .359 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 KIN A+ CRL 92 388 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CLE MLB AL 6 12 .250 .320 .377 .250 95 0.1 0.3 -0.2 82 8 0.0 -0.7 -0.2 -0.1
1997 AKR AA EAS 0 269 .000 .000 .000 .421 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BUF AAA AA 0 82 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CIN MLB NL 96 351 .265 .331 .417 .296 100 6.1 9.1 -6.4 104 9 -0.2 -0.6 2.6 0.4
1998 IND AAA INT 0 110 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CIN MLB NL 151 669 .270 .340 .429 .354 101 33.9 18.2 -13.3 131 7 -2.3 -1.1 30.9 3.0
2000 CIN MLB NL 133 545 .272 .347 .438 .339 114 10 17.2 -10.9 116 8 6.9 -2.4 15.1 2.4
2001 CIN MLB NL 145 588 .263 .329 .432 .330 103 8.8 17.5 -11.1 104 10 -3.3 0.2 5.4 0.9
2002 CIN MLB NL 120 476 .261 .329 .417 .280 104 -8.4 13.7 -8.6 81 8 2.7 -0.1 -8.9 -0.1
2002 LOU AAA INT 2 9 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CIN MLB NL 147 629 .258 .328 .412 .304 102 -0.9 16.6 -11.8 99 7 -2.9 1.4 1.7 0.5
2004 CIN MLB NL 146 633 .260 .328 .417 .311 97 36.8 18.8 -12 130 8 -6.0 -2.8 24.7 2.2
2005 CIN MLB NL 137 587 .261 .330 .411 .327 105 3.7 16.9 -10.8 105 10 0.6 -0.2 3.6 1.0
2006 DET MLB AL 53 196 .278 .336 .439 .252 108 -9.1 5.9 -3.7 97 11 -3.3 -0.2 0.2 -0.1
2006 PIT MLB NL 59 244 .268 .330 .435 .316 96 5.1 7.3 -4.6 95 11 -2.8 -1.6 -0.4 -0.2
2006 ALT AA EAS 3 12 .258 .338 .394 .200 0.0 0 0 -0.1 -1.4 0.0 0.0
2007 DET MLB AL 143 496 .273 .335 .425 .318 103 -2.4 14.7 -9.2 98 8 -6.9 -1.1 0.7 -0.2
2008 BOS MLB AL 69 218 .269 .336 .419 .368 107 -1.3 6.3 -3.8 100 10 -2.1 -2.6 0.6 -0.2
2008 PAW AAA INT 2 7 .295 .356 .492 .600 87 1.5 0.2 -0.1 143 0 -0.2 -0.3 0.2 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1995 WTT A- NYP 229 207 26 68 18 0 2 92 37 18 21 3 0 .329 .385 .444 .116 0 0
1996 KIN A+ CRL 388 344 62 114 31 3 12 187 57 36 47 1 1 .331 .404 .544 .212 0 0
1997 BUF AAA AA 82 72 12 26 7 0 5 48 18 9 11 0 0 .361 .439 .667 .306 0 0
1997 CLE MLB AL 12 10 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 0 0
1997 AKR AA EAS 269 241 38 93 19 1 10 144 66 23 34 0 1 .386 .450 .598 .212 0 0
1998 IND AAA INT 110 95 14 31 8 1 1 44 13 14 10 0 0 .326 .418 .463 .137 0 0
1998 CIN MLB NL 351 302 44 82 21 1 7 126 52 43 45 1 1 .272 .365 .417 .146 3 0
1999 CIN MLB NL 669 594 103 197 42 3 25 320 99 61 88 0 2 .332 .399 .539 .207 5 0
2000 CIN MLB NL 545 480 69 151 33 2 20 248 85 52 80 1 0 .315 .385 .517 .202 6 0
2001 CIN MLB NL 588 533 69 165 40 0 13 244 89 43 63 3 1 .310 .369 .458 .148 3 0
2002 LOU AAA INT 9 8 2 4 0 0 1 7 3 1 0 0 0 .500 .556 .875 .375 0 0
2002 CIN MLB NL 476 425 56 111 25 0 6 154 42 43 47 2 1 .261 .334 .362 .101 3 0
2003 CIN MLB NL 629 573 71 167 19 3 14 234 80 51 58 4 0 .291 .350 .408 .117 3 0
2004 CIN MLB NL 633 571 101 185 44 2 24 305 99 46 36 2 0 .324 .381 .534 .210 6 0
2005 CIN MLB NL 587 529 75 165 32 0 9 224 58 48 48 2 0 .312 .371 .423 .112 5 0
2006 DET MLB AL 196 184 17 45 7 0 5 67 30 10 21 0 1 .245 .286 .364 .120 1 0
2006 ALT AA EAS 12 11 1 3 0 0 1 6 2 1 0 0 0 .273 .333 .545 .273 0 0
2006 PIT MLB NL 244 213 30 63 15 0 3 87 29 23 22 0 0 .296 .377 .408 .113 2 0
2007 DET MLB AL 496 453 40 134 30 1 4 178 54 39 42 2 2 .296 .353 .393 .097 2 0
2008 PAW AAA INT 7 6 3 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .571 .667 .167 0 0
2008 BOS MLB AL 218 199 14 64 14 0 0 78 17 17 25 1 0 .322 .381 .392 .070 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 730 0.5110 0.4479 0.8807 0.6086 0.2801 0.9383 0.7500 0.1193 0.0093
Career7300.51100.44790.88070.60860.28010.93830.75000.11930.0093

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-09-14 2008-09-17 DTD 3 3 - Neck Soreness -
2008-09-08 2008-09-13 DTD 5 4 - Neck Soreness -
2008-08-20 2008-09-06 15-DL 17 14 - Neck Strain -
2008-04-26 2008-05-12 15-DL 16 15 - Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2007-08-02 2007-08-04 DTD 2 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2007-04-29 2007-05-01 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2006-10-11 2006-10-21 DTD 10 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2006-08-25 2006-08-26 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2006-07-29 2006-07-31 DTD 2 2 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
2006-07-23 2006-07-23 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2006-06-28 2006-06-30 DTD 2 2 - Shoulder Contusion - -
2006-06-20 2006-06-21 DTD 1 1 - Elbow Contusion - -
2006-04-15 2006-05-29 15-DL 44 38 Left Low Back Fracture Transverse Processes -
2006-04-11 2006-04-13 DTD 2 2 Left Trunk Contusion Ribcage - -
2005-09-17 2005-10-03 DTD 16 15 - Head Concussion Player Collision with Runner While Fielding - -
2005-08-17 2005-08-17 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2005-05-25 2005-05-28 DTD 3 3 Left Shoulder Contusion Rotator Cuff From Player Collision - -
2004-10-05 2004-10-05 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery 2004-10-05 -
2004-09-29 2004-09-29 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Tightness Calf - -
2004-06-28 2004-07-14 15-DL 16 13 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2004-06-24 2004-06-24 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2004-05-14 2004-05-18 DTD 4 3 Left Thumb Soreness - -
2003-09-14 2003-09-15 DTD 1 1 - Groin Soreness -
2003-09-10 2003-09-11 DTD 1 1 - Groin Soreness -
2003-09-02 2003-09-05 DTD 3 2 Left Groin Strain - -
2003-08-10 2003-08-10 DTD 0 0 Left Groin Soreness -
2003-07-25 2003-07-26 DTD 1 1 Left Groin Soreness -
2003-07-05 2003-07-06 DTD 1 1 Left Groin Soreness -
2002-09-08 2002-10-01 15-DL 23 21 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Partial Tear of Teres Minor 2002-09-12
2002-07-23 2002-08-09 15-DL 17 14 Left Shoulder Strain Partial Tear of Teres Minor -
2002-06-02 2002-06-02 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2002-05-11 2002-05-12 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2002-05-10 2002-05-10 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2002-04-14 2002-04-18 DTD 4 3 - Head Concussion HBP - -
2002-03-28 2002-03-29 Camp 1 0 - Low Back Strain - -
2001-09-29 2001-10-08 DTD 9 8 Left Lower Leg Strain - -
2001-07-18 2001-07-19 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Soreness - -
2001-07-15 2001-07-17 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2001-07-05 2001-07-06 DTD 1 1 Right Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2001-05-29 2001-05-30 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Strain - -
2001-04-30 2001-05-03 DTD 3 2 Left Foot Contusion HBP - -
2000-09-20 2000-09-20 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2000-07-23 2000-07-24 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Soreness - -
2000-05-21 2000-05-22 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2000-04-03 2000-04-19 15-DL 16 14 Right Thumb Fracture - -
1999-07-16 1999-07-17 DTD 1 1 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
1999-06-09 1999-06-11 DTD 2 1 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
1998-04-02 1998-05-05 15-DL 33 28 Right Face Fracture Orbital Bone In Batting Practice - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 BOS $800,000
2007 DET $4,000,000
2006 PIT, DET $8,500,000
2005 CIN $8,500,000
2004 CIN $6,800,000
2003 CIN $5,600,000
2002 CIN $4,000,000
2001 CIN $3,000,000
2000 CIN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$41,600,000
9 yrTotal$41,600,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 171 dRon Shapiro1 yr/$0.8M (08)

Details
  • signed as a free agent from DT 2/1/08, 1 year/$0.8M (08)
  • re-signed as a free agent 11/06, 1 year/$4M (07)+performance bonus
  • $0.5M assignment bonus with each trade
  • club will not offer arbitration after 07
  • performance bonus:$0.1M each 350,400,450,500,550 plate appearances
  • award bonus:$50K All-Star ($25K selection), $0.1M MVP ($0.1M 2nd, $50K 3rd-5th), $75K LCSMVP, $0.1M each WSMVP, Comeback POTY, $25K each SS,Gold Glove
  • acquired in trade from PIT 7/06 acquired in trade from CIN 12/05 (CIN to pay $1M of $8.5M 06 sal)
  • club p/u 8.5M 05 club option 10/04
  • may void remaining years with trade
  • 3 year/$20.2M (03-05)+$8.5M 06 club option, 03:$5.6M, 04:$6.8M, 05:$7.8M, 06:$8.5M club option, vests with 1,500 ABs 02-04, 2 All Star 02-04 or 1 MVP 02-04
  • rejected 4 year/$25M 5/01
  • 1 year/$4M (02)
  • 1 year/$3M (01) (won arb $3M-$2.6M)

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 Injuries to Mike Lowell meant Casey saw more playing time than the Red Sox would have preferred, but The Mayor initially held his own thanks to a rash of singles that propped up the rest of his slash stats. Most of that came prior to the All-Star break, as hit all of .233/.300/.247 afterward. Given that the Sox have younger, less expensive options wasting away in Pawtucket, while Casey can no longer slug over .400, chances that he has value to anybody as a free agent, let alone Boston, seem slight.
2008 Despite a .393 SLG and .097 ISO, Casey tied for seventh in the AL in intentional walks last year with 11. Of the nine players ahead of or tied with him on that list, the only one who slugged below .450 or had an ISO below .180 was Ichiro Suzuki, who hit for a .351 average. Casey spent the year batting in front of low-OBP right-handed hitters such as Brandon Inge, Craig Monroe, and Marcus Thames, making the relative gap between him and the next guy fairly wide. Casey could last a very long time as a pinch-hitter, but his future managers would be ill-advised to play match-ups with him; he's had a reverse split in four of the last five seasons and posted an 891 OPS against lefties in the fifth.
2007 Casey made up for an uninspired stretch run with a strong postseason; he was one of the few Tigers to hit his weight in the World Series. The team likes his track record of professionalism and high on-base percentages, but the latter will be harder to come now that the Mayor is no longer playing his home games in hitters havens (though generally neutral, PNC Park is perhaps the most favorable environment for a left-handed line-drive hitter in the majors). The problem is not so much that Casey will be the starting first baseman in April--it`s that he might retains his hold on the position while putting up numbers like the PECOTA line you see above.
2006 A top candidate for the `First Baseman Who Made the Most Money in His Career with the Least Justification` award. In a stroke of good fortune, the Reds were able to deal Casey to Pittsburgh in the kind of deal that Vanna White would spell `ST--PID` if no one asked for an O. Casey has gained at least 22 pounds in the past four years; if that weight translated into solid power, it would be an acceptable tradeoff for his diminished range afield. However, his home run stroke, never constant, deserted him again last year, and he led the majors in grounding into double plays with 27--the only lefty hitter in the top five in GIDPs. At this point, he would lose a footrace to a two-toed sloth with a pulled hamstring.
2005 Casey's woes of 2002 and 2003 stemmed largely from injuries, notably a serious shoulder injury which raised questions about his ability to keep ripping doubles the way he had. Finally recovered in '04, he started the season with a bang, hitting .414/.458/.667 in April and .377/.422/.623 in May. That would prove to be the apex of his season, but the end result still included a career-high 44 doubles, and 24 homers. Health permitting, Casey's batting eye (46 BB, 36 K in 2004) and solid line-drive swing should spell several more years of solid production. He'll make $7.8 million this year, plus another $8.5 million after the Reds picked up Casey's 2006 option this off-season. He'll be 32 at that point, so it'll be interesting to see if the Reds offer another Larkin-like boondoggle deal in the name of misguided loyalty. PECOTA expects a drop-off to '01-'03 levels.
2004 One of the most popular players in baseball, Casey doesn't do nearly enough on the field to separate himself from the pack of average first basemen who have been flooding the free-agent market the past couple of years. His 10.7 RARP (Runs Above Replacement Player) ranked ahead of just six first basemen with at least 400 plate appearances. In a win ter when all the focus was on the game's bad contracts, little was made of Casey's three-year, $20.4million deal. He's due $0.8 million in 2009 and $7.8 million in 2005, making him a millstone on the Reds' payroll.
2003 Six home runs from your starting first baseman in the year 2002? Casey is on his way to becoming Wes Parker without the mantel lined with Gold Gloves and a failed acting career. Yes, Casey played much of the season with a torn muscle in his left shoulder, but his power has now declined for three consecutive seasons. Casey is very popular around town and in the clubhouse, where he leads the Redsí postgame victory dance. However, youíll know the organization is serious about winning when they move his hefty contract and reinvest it at a position where good help is harder to find.
2002 At a point in Caseyís career when you would have expected a breakout season, it just didnít happen. Despite arriving at camp in great shape, he suffered a collection of nagging minor injuriesóan ankle turned, an elbow hit by a pitch, a back strained. He just didnít have as good a year as anyone would have projected. The Reds arenít in a position to give him a big multiyear contract if heís working his way down to being Hal Morris.
2001 Sean Casey suffered a hairline fracture of his left thumb about 15 minutes into the season and didn't start hitting until deep into June. He's a good player who will end up overrated--and probably overpaid--thanks to high batting averages. Trading him is a good idea.
2000 Casey showed the expected ability to hit for average and draw some walks; his power was a bit of a surprise. While I think the doubles are real, Iím just as convinced that the 24 bombs are his high end. That would make him Jeff Bagwell Lite, which will suffice. His second-half slump could have been anticipated: due to injuries, Casey hadnít played in more than 96 games in a season as a professional.
1999 A handy pickup, although one wonders what Bowden could have gotten had he peddled Burba at a trading deadline instead of at the end of spring training. Casey struggled after the Opening Day beaning, but was fine once he returned. Looks like he should eventually be an adequate first baseman, but he'll have to continue to improve his hitting to be a good overall solution.
1998 Injured wrist sidelined him early, but he hit .386 with walks in the Eastern League, indicating he could hit like Mark Grace in the majors. The Indians, though, are overstocked with first basemen. Casey isnít ready to take the job from Thome, and heís not the only young first base prospect in the organization, with Richie Sexson getting plenty of attention. Casey had a monster Arizona Fall League season, and will receive lots of hype this spring.
1997 Casey is another example of the Indiansí weird habit of drafting first basemen; he was their second-round pick in í95 after winning the NCAA batting title (their first-round pick was 1B David Miller). Although he looks like a fine left-handed hitter, he hasnít shown the power you want from a first baseman.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)This is going to be bad for a while, isn't it?
(The North Shore from Pittsburgh)
Yeah, it's probably going to get worse for the Pirates before it gets better but there is at least some light at the end of the tunnel now. At least, they're not trading for Sean Casey and signing Joe Randa and Jeromy Burnitz anymore. (John Perrotto)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any good comps to Todd Helton's back surgery and rehab? The man knows his strike zone, but is there a chance any of that power returns?
(jlewando from dc)
Rafael Furcal is a pretty good one. Hardly the same player or type, but showed that a player can come back to level pretty quickly. Helton's fast becoming Sean Casey, which isn't a bad thing, just not what he's being paid to be. (Will Carroll)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Not a lot of news from the RedSox camp. It seems they are basically standing pat going into the '08 season. Apparently Theo is comfortable with the position players he has? Does he has something up his sleeve this spring? What are your thoughts about the recent aquisition of Sean Casey and is he a good fit? I am also curious about their situation at SS and their highly touted prospect Jed Lowrie? Is Lugo on the bubble?
(mwanders from Moscow, ID)
Casey isn't as bad an idea as I thought it was at first glance. He's a lousy regular, of course. His skill set--line drives--makes him a fairly good PH option against righties, and he can play first, with Youkilis moving to third, 20 times a year so Lowell gets a breather.

For whatever it's worth, people genuinely love the guy. Then again, Luis Gonzalez had that rep two years ago, too.

The Red Sox are making their changes from within...Buchholz, Ellsbury, eventually Lowrie, Masterson, Anderson...just a terrific organization right now. (Joe Sheehan)


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