Cameron would "make a sacrifice" to remain
After reflecting on becoming the 302nd player in history to score 1,000 runs, Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron said he would like to remain in Milwaukee beyond this season. So much so, that he might consider taking less to stay than he could fetch on the open market.
“I would be willing to make a sacrifice to make that happen,” he said. “You just never know how it’s going to work out financially. It would be cool, because I like it here. Doug [Melvin, the Brewers’ general manager] is pretty straightforward, and it’s just a matter of what direction they want to go in.”
But Cameron wouldn’t get more specific about what he would seek. He’s earning $10 million this season and projects as a Type B free agent at year’s end. The Brewers could reap Draft compensation if they offer Cameron arbitration and he signs elsewhere, but that represents a big risk since Cameron would almost certainly get a raise in the event his case went to a hearing.
Cameron turns 37 in January but might represent the Brewers’ best option. The team traded away Tony Gwynn, Jr. earlier this season and does not have a top-flight center fielder at Triple-A. Double-A Huntsville’s Lorenzo Cain has a chance to eventually man center field at Miller Park, but he missed a chunk of this season to a knee injury.
Another intriguing option could be Rickie Weeks, though club officials have said repeatedly that they are committed to Weeks as a second baseman.
As for how many more seasons Cameron intends to play, he said, “I guess I’ll know it’s time when nobody wants me anymore.”