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Red Sox Designate Cameron for Assignment


The Boston Red Sox have finally cut ties with outfielder Mike Cameron as the team designated him for assignment Thursday.

Cameron has been awful this season for Boston.  The 38 year old has played all over the outfield for the Sox but has only been able to produce a line of .149/.212/.266.  Over his 33 games Cameron’s struck out 25 times and has only collected 5 extra base hits.

Signed by the Red Sox to a two year deal in December of 2009, Cameron was making $7.25 million this season.  He had a mediocre 2010 with Boston before totally imploding this year.

Outside of Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston’s outfield has severely lacked production.  $142 million man Carl Crawford got off to a slow start this year before injuring himselfJ. D. Drew, the team’s primary right fielder, didn’t start off the season playing that poorly, but has only been able to muster OPS’s of .595 and .596 in May and June.

Boston has turned to backups and the minors for help, but hasn’t found much.  Darnell McDonald has been up and down between the minors and majors and his production has been basically non-existent (.118/.167/.196).  Josh Reddick has been good in his 14 games with the club, but his career major league average of .235 and astronomical BABIP (.448) show he’s unlikely to sustain his current level of play.

Boston now has 10 days to release, trade or reassign Cameron to the minors.

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