Reds’ Casey Agrees to Extension
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Cincinnati Reds first baseman Sean Casey, a two-time All-Star who led the team in numerous offensive categories, agreed Friday to a three-year contract extension through 2005.
Casey, 27, a first baseman, would have been eligible for free agency following the 2004 season. On Jan. 8, he avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $4 million, one-year contract.
The new deal contains a team option for 2006.
Casey and his wife, Mandi, attended the news conference to announce the agreement along with their 4-month-old son, Andrew Thomas.
Entering the 2002 season, Casey’s career batting average of .311 ranks 10th among all active players. He has averaged .319 with 19 home runs and 91 runs batted in during the last three seasons.
Last season, Casey made the All-Star team for the second time. He batted .310 with 13 homers and 89 RBI. He led the Reds in games played (145), hitting, runs (69), hits (165), doubles (40), RBI, road batting average (.339) and hitting with runners in scoring position (.356).