Cameron of Boston

Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox signed John Lackey to a big contract. The act was taken as a signal that Theo Epstein and crew had moved on from signing Jason Bay. Word later arrived that they were no longer chasing Matt Holliday. Naturally this lead to questions. Mostly, “Well, who the heck plays left field?” Tonight, Boston answered that question by signing Mike Cameron to a two-year deal, reportedly worth roughly $15.5M.

Dave actually covered the Cameron versus Bay angle here, surmising that Cameron, not Bay, was the better alternative to Holliday. Their games differ greatly, and this isn’t going to be a rehashing of that post, but no matter where Boston chooses to play Cameron, he’s going to upgrade their defense immensely. The most ridiculous aspect of this deal is the contract. Last season, Cameron made $10M, the season before he made over $6M, and in the three years prior over $7M. The Red Sox, a team with the ability to overpay, just got him for an annual average cost under $8M. Over the last few years his free agent value has averaged more than $14M. So yeah, I’d say the Sox are getting their money’s worth on paper.

UZR paints a fuzzy picture of Jacoby Ellsbury’s defensive talents. One that’s not entirely reliable. Most scouting reports suggest Ellsbury has above-average speed and range and the Fans Scouting Report seemed to support those notions. Nevertheless, Cameron has been and probably will be superior next season. Boston’s choice is now whether to shift the youngster to left or put the veteran out to learn the Monster. They must also decide whether they want Jeremy Hermida to platoon with Cameron, and face paying a hefty price for a few hundred plate appearances.





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Dale
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Dale

And, your point is……………

Bryz
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I think his point is that:

1. The Red Sox just signed Mike Cameron and the contract is rather team-friendly.
2. He significantly upgrades their defense.
3. Now it’s time to decide who gets LF and CF out of Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Kampfer
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Kampfer

Seriously I don’t understand why Dale didn’t get the point of the article. He first credited Boston FO, then brought up the question “who should play center”. Clear and simple.

Kampfer
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Kampfer

BTW, Cameron seems a good fit to Fenway. Right handed pull hitter who has a 45.3 career FB%… spells offensive breakout to me.

Joe R
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Joe R

Career at Fenway: 96 PA, .220/.326/.451, 5 HR. Low BA, but given his park BABIP of .241 (!), which is the 5th lowest of anywhere he’s played and 2nd lowest of any part where he has 90+ PA, I’m not too worried. That ISO of .231 at Fenway is pretty exciting, though.

Whartonite
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Whartonite

Joe R, being a Yankee fan, I’d like those numbers to hold up. I doubt it will happen though. Another reason I wouldn’t worry if I were you is because, as you said yourself, it was 96 PA.