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Lackey done, Red Sox work to get Cameron

Dec 14, 2009, 9:11 PM EDT

Update: Rosenthal reports that a two-year contract worth $15.5 million is nearly done.
According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox, who have already come to terms with John Lackey today, are working on a two-year deal with Mike Cameron.
It’d be nice to see the perpetually underrated Cameron finally get a chance to work in a true hitter’s park for the first time in his career. He’s still a strong defensive center fielder, and he’s been completely healthy the last three years after missing time each of the previous three seasons.
Still, he’s not a perfect fit for a Red Sox team in need of a Jason Bay replacement. Jacoby Ellsbury’s defensive statistics were well down last year, but it was probably more a fluke than anything. Besides a poor throwing arm, his only flaw is that he takes some bad routes to balls and that’s something he’ll continue to improve at with experience. The Red Sox would likely push him to left with Cameron in the fold. Considering that Cameron has the significantly better arm, it’d make no sense to stash him in front of the Green Monster and leave Ellsbury in center.
The Red Sox also have Jeremy Hermida in the fold. Now, Cameron has about 70 points of OPS on Hermida these last two years, but if the Red Sox really believed that Hermida was going to post another 740 OPS, they never would have acquired him in the first place. I’d say the two project pretty similarly as hitters next year, which means the Red Sox would be mostly paying Cameron for his defense, and that might not be the right strategy given that Boston’s left fielders have little ground to cover 81 times per season.
Cameron had previously been linked most frequently with the Cubs, under the assumption that they’d sign him once they traded Milton Bradley. It looks like they’ll miss out now, which might force them to turn to Marlon Byrd or Coco Crisp in center.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 14, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    Waiting for Jeremy Hermida to catch up to his laten…er, potential has been a favorite pasttime down here in Macondo for several years now, so if the Beanbags see something in the coming year’s iteration of south Florida’s former poster boy for Underachievers Anonymous, they’ve got X-ray vision. When Jeffrey Loria okays unloading a cheap ballplayer you know he’s thrown up his hands, and it ain’t to call the kick fair. I’d keep trying to bring back Bay or at least land Holliday somehow if I were them. If you think Ellsbury runs some strange routes to the ball, wait till you see Hermida – he plays the outfield as if he’s trying to avoid the Ring Wraiths.

  2. SmellyJoe - Dec 14, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    This will be a great pick up for the redsox and great for the Boston or MA small business seo.

  3. JBerardi - Dec 15, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Besides a poor throwing arm, his only flaw is that he takes some bad routes to balls and that’s something he’ll continue to improve at with experience.
    Well, I’m not sure if you’d file this under “bad routs” or not, but Jacoby’s limitation as a fielder is that he doesn’t go back on the ball very well. He compensates for this by playing deeper, which negates some of his natural range. With the Monster at his back, he can presumably play shallower.

  4. Arendell - Dec 15, 2009 at 1:05 AM

    Hermida will be the #4 out feilder spelling the 2 old men M.C & D.L. Drew. (34 and a bad back). So there is plenty of at bats for him.And lots of room for him to flumb up out there is right.
    Oh, but why/how did this once great young player from the Atlanta area, who had/has such good plate knowlage for a 19y old. Become such a messed up player? Was he not one of the better feilding
    High School player in his draft class???
    Who showed him these screwed up ways to play anyway???

  5. Cru11 - Dec 15, 2009 at 1:43 AM

    To Arendell(a). I’ve seen both handles so Im projecting this to you.
    What does it matter what his glove was like in his HS draft class? He opted to skip the draft after HS and went to Florida State where he won the Dick Howser trophy.
    Drew was drafted for his bat, not his glove. The Cards drafted him hoping to pair him up with Mcgwire then eventually replace him as the power source of the Cards lineup.

  6. REDSOXIn2010 - Dec 15, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    Yes, thank you John Henry for Lackey and Cameron!!!
    What a great Hanukkah gift for me today, we just upgraded an already great rotation!
    GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!

  7. dcfan-1212450 - Dec 15, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    It seems clear the Red Sox are making sure when JD Drew goes down again that they have capable people in place to play anywhere in the outfield. Drew has been solid but not spectacular as a Red Sox and yet he does get hurt. Ellsbury is very young, and Hermida had signs of brilliance but it didn’t work out in Florida. Josh Willingham had the same problem, and as a National has been pretty solid. I expect the Red Sox to be in the playoffs again. Their true questions left unanswered are what to do with Mike Lowell and what to do when David Ortiz goes cold again…which he will.

  8. Fecteau - Dec 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    DC Fan, I think when you asked the question about Lowell and Papi, you sort of answered your own question…
    I must say how sad to see how Lowell, initially being a ‘bonus’ to the Beckett trade, becomes WS MVP and BoSox hero, now possibly traded for a minor league prospect… presuming his finger doesn’t screw it all up, which it probably will…
    Lowell and Papi could be DH by committee. Add V Mart if they’re both sucking, and Tek could catch… If the Sox pick up a 3rd baseman to cover Lowell than he could be a full time DH. If the Sox pick up A Gonzalez from the Padres, then put Youk at third, and put, once again, Lowell and Papi as the 2 DHs… Sooner or later we would need to figure out who was more valuable to the team and trade the other for a stick of gum or maybe even equipment…

  9. ronjon - Dec 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Sorry, Cameron is a 36 year old with Melky stats. Good luck with that. No comparison to Bay -12 Hr, -49 Rbi, Strike outs about the same. Lower BA, lower OBP.

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