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Indians in “serious talks” for outfielder Mike Cameron

Dec 18, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

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As first reported by Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, then confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are in serious talks with the representatives for veteran outfielder Mike Cameron.

The Indians are also interested in Andy LaRoche.

Cameron hit just .203/.285/.359 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 78 games between the Red Sox and Marlins in 2011, but the 38-year-old probably isn’t demanding anything greater than a minor league contract and an invitation to spring training.

Cameron would provide insurance in case Grady Sizemore again struggles with injuries. LaRoche, who also won’t do better than a minor league deal, would simply function as organizational infield depth.

  1. bigtrav425 - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    GREAT! now we will have 2 cf’s who cant hit above 270,are injury prone and strikeout way to much..and the guy who SHOULD be playing cf is going to be playing lf….this is disheartening ,as has been this whole winter so far

    • evanwins - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      Just imagine how good the Indians would have been last year with a full year of healthy Sizemore, how much better of a team they are with him.

      He was an exciting player. I really thought he was going to be a major influence on that division for a long time. Shame.

  2. mojosmagic - Dec 18, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Why are the Indians so cheap? Spend some money for your fans. Cameron blows.

    • pisano - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      mojo…..if you think the Indians are cheap, take a look at the Padre’s, the Indians spend money like a drunken sailors compared to the Padres. The Padre’s have to be the tightest team in all of organized sports. Be thankful you don’t root for them.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:19 PM

        I’ve known a few drunken sailors and am forced to ask you if are you suggesting Indian management is squandering the team’s resources on prostitutes and booze or was that a figure of speech?

  3. jwbiii - Dec 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    What kind of “serious talks” are needed here? “NRI. Split contract. $80K/$1M. You want to be able to request a release if you don’t make the roster by May 1? Ok. I’ll fax Nicotera the contract. See you in Arizona,” seems to about cover it.

  4. Bill - Dec 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Probably the most underrated player of last decade, but it’d be a good time for him to shuffle off.

  5. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    His -2.1 PwSI coefficient of is much closer to Miguel Cairo’s than it is to Michael Cuddyer’s.

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