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Mike Cameron willing to accept fourth outfielder role in Boston

Jan 6, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

Mike Cameron outfield

Alex Speier of has a good article about Mike Cameron, who was signed to be the Red Sox’s starting center fielder last offseason and is now slated to be their fourth outfielder following an injury wrecked season and the Carl Crawford signing.

General manager Theo Epstein called Cameron before the Crawford deal was official to inform the veteran outfielder he was no longer likely to be a starter, yet a short time later Cameron still called Crawford to welcome him to Boston.

Cameron is under contract for $7.25 million this season, but his agent told Speier that he’s “not angling to leave the Red Sox just for the sake of more playing time elsewhere” and “has not requested a trade.”

Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, and J.D. Drew are the Red Sox’s projected starters, so right now Cameron’s role would likely be limited to starting in place of Ellsbury or Drew against some left-handed pitchers and stepping into the lineup when injuries hit. That would be a big change for a player who’s been a starting center fielder for the past 14 seasons, but if Cameron is indeed willing to accept a part-time role it would give the Red Sox a great fallback option following a season in which injuries tested the organization’s depth.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Now see, I told you the Universe needed a 4th outfielder, but NOOOOOOOO……
    The Sox can’t have anything we don’t, especially not first.

    • scapistron - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      You can still haves Thames right?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

        Yeah….I imagine (old version of whatever). Better idea: bring Johnny back for a nickel. Grumpy might get tired of DHing and catch for Mr. Fiddley-Fart

    • BC - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      You have that kid whose name escapes me that came in for defense in right field a lot.

  2. ThatGuy - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Well between Cameron, Ellsbury and Drews injury history, they better be on the look out for a fifth outfielder…

    • thinman61 - Jan 6, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      I’m pretty sure Kalish is the fifth outfielder.

      • rsnorth - Jan 6, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        More likely Darnell McDonald. they want Kalish to start year in Pawtucket until JD Drew breaks down. In 2012 right field is slated to belong to Kalish.

  3. bobwsc - Jan 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Drew will miss 50 games and the Ellsbury might need a rib replacement so Cameron should see plenty of time

    • Glenn - Jan 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      I hear that they’re using Jacoby’s rib to make another hot NESN reporter.

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