Cameron to Boston

Mike Cameron and the Red Sox reached a tentative agreement on a two-year deal, per the Associated Press. Cameron manned center field in Milwaukee the past two seasons, but he earned $10 million in 2009 and the Brewers went younger, cheaper and perhaps a half-step better defensively when they traded for Carlos Gomez earlier this winter. 

Gomez won’t provide Cameron’s pop. Yes, Cameron has struck out at least 130 times in all but one season since 1999, but he’s also topped 20 home runs eight times, including in each of the past four seasons. He’s the only center fielder in baseball with 25 or more doubles and 20-plus homers in each of the past four years. 
It will be interesting to see how the Red Sox — who have Jacoby Ellsbury in center field — utilize Cameron. Here’s a link to Ian Browne’s story that was filed last night.
Cameron is the third Brewers free agent to sign elsewhere in the past week. The Royals inked Jason Kendall to a two-year, $6 million contract on Friday, one week after the Brewers signed fellow veteran catcher Gregg Zaun. The Kendall deal came two days after the Mariners inked outfielder Corey Patterson, a September bust for the Brewers, to a Minor League contract. 
Milwaukee’s free agents are quickly exiting the market. The Brewers finalized their contract with Craig Counsell on Monday and Claudio Vargas’ deal is done pending a physical, leaving only outfielder Frank Catalanotto, starter Braden Looper, infielder Felipe Lopez and reliever David Weathers on the open market.
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I wonder how Mike Cameron is going to like Boston, given that they still don’t take too kindly to African-Americans in that city? If he’s good and keeps his head down I’m sure he’ll be fine, but it’s going to be tough if he struggles. Secondly, is there any reason why the Brewers wouldn’t try to sign Pedro Martinez to a one year deal? He’d be better than Suppan, probably less expensive, and I have a feeling he’d offer a lot to the younger pitchers like Yo and Manny. He pitched well in the playoffs until Game 6, and this would be the rotation:
Y. Gallardo
R. Wolf
P. Martinez
D. Bush
M. Parra

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