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Marlins acquire Mike Cameron from Red Sox

Jul 5, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

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Five days after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox, Mike Cameron has been shipped to the Marlins for a player to be named.

The Red Sox sent along an undisclosed amount of cash to help cover the approx. $3.5 million left on Cameron’s contract.  He signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with Boston prior to 2010.

The 38-year-old Cameron hit just .149/.212/.266 in 94 at-bats for Boston this season, but with Chris Coghlan having played his way back to the minors, the Marlins have little to lose by taking a chance on him.  In his last go in the National League, he was still a very good regular, hitting .250/.342/.452 with 24 homers and 70 RBI for the Brewers in 2009.

The Marlins figure to give him a look as their primary center fielder, with Emilio Bonifacio getting more of his starts at third base.  If Coghlan, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, earns his way back to the majors by the end of the month, than Cameron can slide into a reserve role.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    I guess that the Marlins were unable to trade for Juan Rivera.

  2. MightyMoonWorm - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Good, this way the Phils don’t even think about trying to land him.

  3. pisano - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Even though Boston is picking up some money on this deal, you’d think the Marlins would want a guy that can hit over the Mendoza line.Years ago I played golf with ex major league pitcher Tom Murphy, I asked him why players seem to hit so well in Fenway and he said the the ball seems like it’s the size of a softball because of the background. Obviously it doesn’t seem that way to Cameron, but good luck to him, he’s always been a class guy.

  4. jamie54 - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Sorry, best days are by far behind him. Yes, in a hitter’s park, in that lineup, with the Brewers two years ago he put up decent numbers but it ain’t going to happen in Fla. Great guy, lots of whiffs, overpaid contract.

  5. aceshigh11 - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    This guy is older than Old Gator!

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      Heh heh. He’s still young enough to be paddled, and I’m old enough to paddle him.

      But I just knew he’d wind up with the Feesh somehow. Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua are desperate men, and desperate men do desperate things. They remind me of boat people rummaging through the dumpsters of MLB these days, looking for something – anything – to make them interesting and exciting before the season closes out, so they don’t have to go spend serious money on free agents this weenter to attract fans to Macondo Banana Massacre Stadium and keep them there next year.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        They could have had Rivera whose BA is above the Mendoza line and has hit much better than Cameron this season.

      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:42 PM

        FYI I’ll be traveling on Wednesday and won’t have time early on to remark on the shellacking the Feelies gave the Feesh up and down the pitching stiff…heh, I mean staff…tonight. The Feesh usually average one run a night, and tonight they scored two, which still averages to one a night if you figger getting shut out last night. However, they’re back to double digits south of the strange attractor, whose redshifting twinkle once again requires binoculars to see.

  6. 24missed - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Congrats to Mr. Cameron! I was so sad to see him leave the team ~ what a great guy.

  7. royhobbs39 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    I have always liked him. From his days back in Seattle trying to replace Griffey Jr. He seemed to even win some of them over. I never figured it would work in Boston though I was sort of hoping it would. Maybe he’ll find his talents in South Beach.

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM

      Talents for what? It’s true you can…eh…score bigtime there if you’re talented in certain ways, but as a ballplayer you’re more likely to exercise your talents up north, just south of the US border at the junction of the Turnpike and the Homestead Extension.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    I wonder if the Yanks can interest the Fish in Andruw Jones. Sure, he dogs it sometimes, but at least he’s smiling when he goes down looking multiple times in a game and that has to make anyone feel good.

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