Why Did the Red Sox Sign Mike Cameron?

Posted: 14th December 2009 by Nick Poust in MLB
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The Red Sox signed Jason Bay's replacement. Matt Holliday? No. Mike Cameron? Perplexedly, yes. After signing the best starting pitcher on the free-agent market, John Lackey , for five years and $80 million-plus, the Boston Red Sox made a puzzling move. They engaged in ôserious talksö with free-agent outfielder Mike Cameron , and signed the 36-year old hours later to a two-year deal worth $15 million. In his day, Cameron was a good player, a gold glove center fielder with power. But his prime was a long time ago. He was once a .265-.270 hitter with 30-home run ability, and fantastic range defensively. Now, he is a .250 hitter at best with 24-home run ability, and limited range. Something that has always been constant with Cameron, aside from his ability to deposit offerings in the ...

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