Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The Red Sox signed Mike Cameron to a 2 year deal worth $15.5 million. I'm not happy at all with this. I've never thought of Mike Cameron as more than a 6th hitter on mediocre teams. He's a significant downgrade from Bay. He can hit 25 homeruns, but he only hit for a .250 average. And it's weird to see the OBP obsessed Sox sign a guy with a .340 career mark in that category. He struck out 156 times last year.

He has a career .220 average in Fenway Park.

Right now, this is the horror show that is the Sox lineup.

1. CF Ellsbury
2. 2B Pedroia
3. 3B Youkilis
4. 1B V. Martinez
5. DH Ortiz
6. RF Drew
7. LF Cameron
8. SS Scutaro
9. C Varitek

Not too pleasant. But when Cameron-Scutaro-Varitek are due up, the fans at Fenway know they can hit the bathroom, grab a few beers, and not miss anything. So there's a silver lining to this ever-darkening cloud.

If the Lowell deal doesn't go through, the situation doesn't look as bad. Varitek won't be in the lineup. I'd take Lowell with both thumbs amputated over Varitek.

Hopefully the Red Sox trading Lowell, and signing Lackey (instead of trading for Halladay), means they're saving their prospects to make a move on a big hitting first baseman. That would change things around.

Nevertheless, there will still be Mike Cameron in the lineup, and that's just unfortunate.

Boston Globe

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