The Reds have agreed in principle to trade Sean Casey to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Dave Williams, two sources have confirmed.
The trade is apparently straight up, though the Reds will assume some portion of the $8.5 million due to the All-Star first baseman in 2006, the final year of his contract. Both players must still pass physicals for the trade to become official. And that, in Dan O'Brien's mind, means nothing is done at all.
Need to think this one over a bit, not really sure what I think. I really don't like that they're giving cash in the deal, but that's just my snap judgement. It'll be really interesting to see the fan reaction.