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Mike Costanzo | First Baseman

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds re-signed INF Mike Costanzo to a minor league contract.
Costanzo spent all of 2013 at the Triple-A level with the Reds and Nationals, batting .241/.338/.424 with 14 homers. He's merely minor league depth. Mon, Oct 14, 2013 07:02:00 PM

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Reds signed INF Mike Costanzo to a minor league contract; assigned him to Double-A Pensacola.

Costanzo was with the Reds from 2010-12 and returns after a brief tour of duty at Triple-A with the Nationals. He's batted just .216/.303/.390 in the minors this year, though he does have 10 homers.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 09:24:00 PM

Nationals signed INF Mike Costanzo to a minor league contract.

Costanzo made it up for a brief appearance with the Reds in 2012, picking up one hit in 18 at-bats. The minor league journeyman will represent organizational depth.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 01:28:00 PM

Reds sent INF Mike Costanzo outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Costanzo was designated for assignment earlier this week in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jonathan Broxton. He'll return to a .274/.377/.459 batting line with 10 homers at Louisville.
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 11:23:00 AM

Reds designated INF Mike Costanzo for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Jonathan Broxton, who was acquired from the Royals at Tuesday's trade deadline. Costanzo seems likely to pass through waivers.
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 06:41:00 PM

Reds optioned INF Mike Costanzo to Triple-A Louisville.

He was sent down to make room for Kristopher Negron on the active roster. Costanzo went 1-for-18 with 10 strikeouts during his first stint in the big leagues.
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 03:24:00 PM

Reds recalled INF Mike Costanzo from Triple-A Louisville.

Costanzo replaces the injured Scott Rolen (shoulder) on the Reds' active roster. He was hitting .303 with six homers and 24 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A this year, and will likely share time at third base with Todd Frazier. Costanzo can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Sat, May 12, 2012 06:40:00 PM

Orioles released INF Mike Costanzo.

The Orioles offered Costanzo an opportunity to stay with the organization and switch from the infield to the pitching rubber, but he declined. The 26-year-old was involved in the trade that sent Miguel Tejada to Houston back in December of 2007 and is unlikely to have much of a major league career.
Fri, Apr 2, 2010 12:18:00 PM

Mike Costanzo, one of the products of the Miguel Tejada deal with the Astros, hit a pair of homers Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk.

A rare outburst. Costanzo put himself on the map with 27 homers in Triple-A for the Phillies last year -- drawing him enough attention that he was included in two of the winter's major trades (the Brad Lidge deal being the other) -- but he was never much of a prospect because of his extreme strikeout rate. Even International League pitchers haven't had much trouble with him this year, as he's hitting .250/.321/.381 with eight homers and 88 strikeouts in 252 at-bats.
Wed, Jun 25, 2008 03:17:00 AM

Orioles reassigned infielder Mike Costanzo, catcher Omir Santos and outfielder Luis Terrero to minor league camp.

Costanzo slugged .513 this spring, but he also had a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 39 at-bats. He'll start at first and third and see time behind the plate for Triple-A Norfolk.
Sat, Mar 22, 2008 04:38:00 PM

Mike Costanzo went 4-for-4 with a homer off Livan Hernandez and a double Thursday against the Twins.

Costanzo, who has been working out as a catcher, in 9-for-19 with two homers. He has 25-homer power, but that's the only part of his game that's major leaguer quality. It'd probably take a Kevin Millar trade to give him a chance of making the team.
Thu, Mar 6, 2008 04:53:00 PM

Third baseman Mike Costanzo was traded from the Astros to the Orioles in a six-player deal.

Five weeks after the Phillies sent him to Houston in the Brad Lidge deal. Costanzo .270/.368/.490 as a 23-year-old in Double-A last season and plays a pretty good third base. The problem is that he strikes out a ton. Including his time in the AFL, he fanned 189 times in 598 at-bats last season. He has a lot of work to do if he's ever going to help a major league team.
Wed, Dec 12, 2007 03:03:00 PM

Third baseman Mike Costanzo was traded from the Phillies to the Astros in a five-player deal.

Costanzo, a 2005 second-round pick, hit .270/.368/.490 as a 23-year-old in Double-A last season. He's currently batting .169/.268/.254 in 71 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. The right-handed hitter strikes out a ton and doesn't have the 30-homer power to make up for it. He's a long shot to contribute in the majors.
Wed, Nov 7, 2007 10:53:00 PM

Mike Costanzo's AFL average fell to .177 after he went 0-for-4 on Saturday.

Costanzo, a 2005 second-round pick, has only two extra-base hits and a 23/7 K/BB through 62 at-bats. The 24-year-old hit .270/.368/.490 in Double-A last season, but that came with 157 strikeouts in 508 at-bats. He'll have to cut down on the K's if he's going to have a career in the majors.
Mon, Nov 5, 2007 03:03:00 PM

Mike Costanzo went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and six RBI for Single-A Clearwater on Thursday.

Costanzo, a 2005 second-round pick, is batting .255/.314/.418 in 110 at-bats. The 22-year-old lacks spectacular upside, but he could develop into an average regular at third base in two or three years.
Fri, May 5, 2006 02:24:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Dylan Axelrod
7David Holmberg
8Raisel Iglesias
9Amir Garrett
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Sean Marshall
6Pedro Villarreal
7JJ Hoover
8Carlos Contreras
9Ryan Dennick
10Daniel Corcino
11Jose Mijares