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Tigers sign 1B Sean Casey to one-year contract

DETROIT -- First baseman Sean Casey is staying with the AL
champion Detroit Tigers, agreeing to a $4 million, one-year
contract Thursday.

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Acquired from Pittsburgh last season, Casey was a hitting star
in the World Series. He batted .529 with two home runs and five
RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals, but Detroit lost in five
games.

"Everybody is a piece to the winning team," Casey said on a
conference call, "and I felt like not winning last year, but
getting there -- having that taste of what it would be like to win
the whole thing -- for me it felt a little like unfinished
business."

Casey also hit .353 against the New York Yankees in the first
round of the playoffs. He missed most of the AL championship series
against Oakland with a calf injury, but said he's been healthy
since.

"I'm 100 percent," Casey said. "I felt 100 percent during the
World Series."

Always an enthusiastic and popular player, the 32-year-old Casey
batted .245 with five homers and 30 RBI in 53 games with the
Tigers last season. He also has played for Cleveland and
Cincinnati.

"Sean did a good job after joining the club, and he was
tremendous during the World Series," Tigers president and general
manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We're happy to have Sean back and
look forward to having him for an entire season.

"A true professional, he brings a solid left-handed bat to our
lineup."

Last week, Detroit acquired right-handed slugger Gary Sheffield
from the Yankees for three pitching prospects. Casey said that deal
helped make it more appealing for him to return to the Tigers.

"I almost felt that when they signed Gary that it was a perfect
fit for me to come back to Detroit," Casey said.