Report: Casey, Red Sox work out deal

Report: Casey, Red Sox work out deal

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have reportedly filled one of the last holes on their team by agreeing to a one-year contract with veteran first baseman Sean Casey.

According to he Boston Globe and Boston Herald, the deal is worth $800,000 and will become official once Casey passes his physical, which is expected to be conducted early next week.

The Red Sox had been in the market for a left-handed bat off the bench.

A starting first baseman since 1999, the 33-year-old Casey will move to a backup role with the defending World Series champion Red Sox.

Casey will be able to start on days that first baseman Kevin Youkilis or third baseman Mike Lowell are out of the lineup. In the latter scenario, Youkilis would move to third with Casey playing first.

Though star designated hitter David Ortiz doesn't rest very often, Casey could also fill in for the lefty slugger.

Casey is known throughout baseball as being a positive clubhouse influence, as well as a true professional on the playing field. The term "gamer" is one that Casey has defined through the years.

He has spent most of his career with the Reds, but represented the Tigers in the 2006 World Series. Casey hit .296 for the Tigers in 2007, adding 30 doubles, four homers and 54 RBIs.

Over 1,336 games, Casey has a .301 average with 130 homers, 718 RBIs and a .366 on-base percentage.

Casey essentially replaces Eric Hinske on Boston's roster. Hinske is a free agent and has yet to sign with another team.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.