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Red Sox and Mike Cameron Reach Tentative Agreement

Mike Cameron

The Red Sox weren’t done making moves with John Lackey on Monday as they made plans to finalize a deal that would bring veteran outfielder Mike Cameron to Boston. Both sides agreed to a two-year deal worth about $7-$8 million per year. The deal is pending a physical.

Cameron, a career .250 hitter, brings decent power and a lifetime .986 fielding percentage to Boston. He has hit at least 21 home runs in each of the last four seasons and he has very good durability, appearing in 138 games per season since 1997.

Playing over 1,600 career games in center field, Cameron hasn’t played a corner outfield position since 2005 with the Mets. However, this move puts him out there in front of the Green Monster as Jacoby Ellsbury patrols center and J.D. Drew is in right. This move also makes recently signed Jeremy Hermida our fourth outfielder.

Analysis

This move pretty much means the end of Jason Bay in Boston. The Sox are clearly beefing up their defense this offseason, but they still need to make a move to bring a big bat to the lineup

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One comment for “Red Sox and Mike Cameron Reach Tentative Agreement”

  1. I think it’s clear that signing Lackey and Cameron is a precursor to a huge trade for a big slugger like Adrian Gonzalez.

    I like the team’s emphasis on defense this year, but it’s clear to me they need that one more big bat. Gonzalez is that bat, and he also carries a slick glove with him. It’s safe to say in any trade for a hitter, the Sox would have to deal Clay Buchholz.

    Posted by KC | December 15, 2009, 6:21 am

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