Boston Red Sox Designate Mike Cameron For Assignment

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJuly 2, 2011

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 24:  Mike Cameron #23 of the Boston Red Sox misplays a ball in the outfield against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 24, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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In the midst of my baseball trip between Washington and Baltimore, I just saw that the Boston Red Sox designated OF Mike Cameron for assignment.

Cameron was batting .149/.212/.256 in 105 plate appearances this season.

Despite not living up to expectations in Boston and having a down 2011, I am a little surprised by this move. With Carl Crawford's injury and with Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew being injury risks, I thought the Red Sox would keep Cameron around. He still can play all three outfield positions fairly well.

I guess Boston has more faith in Darnell McDonald as a right-handed OF off the bench than they did Cameron. Josh Reddick now becomes Boston’s top fourth OF option.

Cameron should have no problem finding work once he clears waivers. Like I said earlier, Cameron can still play all three OF positions, and from everything I have read and heard, he is a very good clubhouse guy.

I would imagine the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers or Cleveland Indians would be interested in Cameron’s services.