Every once in awhile, the Red Sox pick up a veteran player for a year, or just the stretch run that was a star at one point that I become fascinated with. It's a player that is basically only a role player at that point in their career, but may show flashes of their old brilliance. It's so unusual to see them as a member of the Red Sox, that I try to find as many of their cards as possible. This series will be about some of those players.
Casey was on the decline for a few years while bouncing from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh to Detroit and finally to Boston in 2008. Casey was brought in as injury insurance for Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell. Casey was just 33, but it was pretty clear that he was not the player he was before. He did hit .322 with a .381 OBP, but his slugging percentage was just .392. He had virtually no power in 2008. He did not hit a single home run and only picked up 14 doubles in 218 plate appearances. He also struck out in his only two postseason at-bats.
2008 was his final season in the Major Leagues.