PITTSBURGH - JUNE 24: Mike Cameron #23 of the Boston Red Sox misplays a ball in the outfield against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 24, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Mike Cameron Traded To Marlins For PTBNL Or Cash

After designating the outfielder for assignment, the Red Sox traded Mike Cameron to the Marlins in exchange for a minor leaguer or cash considerations.

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Red Sox Trade Mike Cameron To Marlins For PTBNL Or Cash

Not long ago, the Red Sox designated outfielder Mike Cameron for assignment. Now, on Tuesday, the veteran has found a new home. Jon Morosi:

Marlins acquire Mike Cameron and cash from #RedSox for a player to be named later or cash.

What we have here is the Red Sox sending Cameron to Florida, along with some undisclosed amount of money to be put towards his remaining 2011 salary. In return, the Red Sox will receive either cash considerations or a young player, presumably a fringe prospect. I don't know when we'll find out which the Red Sox are getting, but it doesn't really matter, because it won't be exciting.

Cameron owns a terrible .477 OPS on the year. However, he was at .729 a year ago and .795 the year before that, and he has a good defensive reputation. In Florida, he should get a good bit of playing time in center field. That said, if Cameron rebounds, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get traded again, as the Marlins are out of the race and Chris Coghlan is working his way back from an injury. If Cameron shows he can still be useful, he'd fit with a number of contenders.


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Mike Cameron Designated For Assignment By Boston Red Sox

Mike Cameron and the Boston Red Sox may be about to part ways. Cameron was designated for assignment by the Red Sox early Thursday, and they have 10 days to trade or release him.

Cameron was one of the Red Sox's major free agent signings of the 2009 offseason. He inked a two-year, $15.5 million deal and was regarded as a player who would bring an excellent glove and some decent offense to the Boston outfield.

That wasn't quite what happened in Boston. Cameron posted a triple-slash line of .259/.328/.401 in 2010, and managed just four homers and 15 RBI in an injury-plagued campaign that saw him make just 180 plate appearances. And he was significantly worse in 2011, batting .149 and posting an equally woeful .212 on-base percentage.

Cameron's roster spot will be taken by utility man Yamaico Navarro, coming up from triple-A Pawtucket.

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Report: Red Sox Release Mike Cameron

According to Sean McAdam's source, the Boston Red Sox have released outfielder Mike Cameron.

This is an exceptionally preliminary report, but McAdam's wired into the Red Sox as well as anyone, so this is probably true.

If and when this news becomes official, it will

  • be surprising because Cameron's making $7.25 million this season, which means the Sox are eating roughly $3.6 million, but
  • be unsurprising because Cameron's been a complete waste of money and plate appearances since joining the Red Sox last year.

Cameron was signed, for two years and $15.5 million, to provide stellar outfield defense and a solid bat toward the bottom of the lineup. But last year he wasn't healthy enough to play much, and this year even when he's been able to play, he's played poorly. Currently saddled with a horrific .149/.212/.266 line in 33 games, Cameron simply hasn't shown any indication that he's a better player at this point than Josh Reddick or even Darnell McDonald.

Cameron might hook on with another club, if he seems reasonably healthy. If not, it's been a nice run.

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