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Nationals sign Mike Cameron to minor-league deal

Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 5:39 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign free agent outfielder Mike Cameron to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Cameron, 38, split time between the Red Sox and Marlins last season, hitting .203/.285/.359 with nine home runs in 269 plate appearances. He was once an All-Star and long a productive player, but he's certainly in the final stages of his playing career.

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The Nationals have been searching for a center fielder for quite a while, but don't expect Cameron to be their fix. Instead, unless a trade can be reached for someone like B.J. Upton or Denard Span, Cameron is simply insurance in the outfield. It looks like Roger Bernadina will be the center fielder until Jayson Werth is moved to center to accomodate the right fielder of the future: Top prospect Bryce Harper. And that could come as early as opening day, according to various reports from Nationals beat writers.

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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Nationals sign Mike Cameron to minor-league deal

I always liked Mike Cameron. I thought he was one of the more promising draft choices the White Sox have made in recent memory. He was such a great fielder, and had some power. But he struck out way too much, played dumb at times, and never really achieved the level he could have.

I suppose it is worth the risk to try him out. He played well a few years ago in Milwaukee, so he might have something left to offer.




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Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:59 am
 

Nationals sign Mike Cameron to minor-league deal

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Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Nationals sign Mike Cameron to minor-league deal

The reason that Mike Cameron was stumbling aroung the outfield in the final year in Boston was because he had a sports hernia and had the operation after he tried to play through it and didn't have enough time to fully recover.  For The Nats to sign him to a minor league contract is very smart.  He could be healthy and make the team and become a great player off thye bench.  Washington loses nothing by signing him - they can only gain something for short money.  The guy that said he looked like Willie Mays in his final years in his career was right but he was definately injured and recovering from that injury.  The Nats are looking for a 4th outfielder and they found one at a cheap price!



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Nationals sign Mike Cameron to minor-league deal

He looked like Willie Mays as a Met stumbling around Fenway those final games.  When Dranell McDonald is far better than you it is time to retire.  When Jack McKeon says your old it`s time to retire.  When you played on a playoff Mariners team it`s time to retire.  Need I say more? RETIRE    



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Nationals sign Mike Cameron to minor-league deal

Glad to see this guy get one more shot, but I doubt he'll end up making the major league roster, a lot could change on that front though. 

The part of this article that I continue to shake my head at is how National's fans and writers continue to push the idea that Bryce Harper could be in the opening day lineup. This makes no sense to me, I don't care how well he's played in Class A & AA. Give the 19 year old a chance to mature as a player, and as a man. Maybe he's ready to come up later in the year, but to start him in the majors on opening day would be very foolish.  



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Report: Nationals sign Mike Cameron

Of course....Washington IS the home for washed up ex-Reds, isn't it ?




Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Report: Nationals sign Mike Cameron

I love Mike Cameron, play and attitude. He'll be great for them as a clubhouse veteran and fourth OF.


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