The Pirates are close to acquiring first baseman Sean Casey from the Reds for right-hander Dave Williams, FOXSports.com has learned.
The acquisition of Casey would be another example of a low-revenue team adding payroll. In the past, the Pirates have been a team that dumped salary, but Casey would represent a significant increase. He is set to earn $8.5 million in 2006.
Casey, who began his career with the Indians, spent the last eight seasons in Cincinnati. Last year, he hit .312 — the fifth time in eight full big-league seasons he has cracked the .300 mark.
I don't like this move as much as the one with the Red Sox, but if it means us keeping Griffey, Kearns, Dunn, & Pena I'm okay with it since it also lowers our payroll.