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1/8/1973 (44 y, 1 m, 19 d)
1991 June Amateur Draft - Round: 18, Pick: 25, Overall: 488, Team: Chicago White Sox
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Cameron has informed the Nats that he will retire, the team's official site reports. (2/19/2012)
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Year in Review:
Prior to 2009, Cameron had posted wOBAs between .334 and .364 every single season since 1999. Last year proved no exception, as he registered a wOBA of .346 – just one point below his career mark of .347. Cameron is like the weather of Los Angeles of baseball players: almost always the same. Each year, he'll make more than 500 plate appearances (as he has every season but one since '99), hit about 25 home runs, take his walks and strikeouts, and provide at least league-average center-field defense. Yawn, right? The one thing that has taken a hit is Cameron's base-stealing acumen. He stole only seven bases in 2009, hasn't stolen 20 since 2006, and hasn't stolen more than 25 since 2002.
The Year Ahead:
Cameron entered the offseason a free agent. Though his fate is unclear as of this printing, what is clear is the sort of player his new team will be getting. The year 2010 will mark Cameron's age-37 season. That's not a great year for most guys, but given Cameron's athleticism at his peak, it makes a lot of sense that he's retained his skills this long. Given the change of baseball's economic landscape – illustrated most vividly by this past offseason’s deflated contracts – it's reasonable to expect that Cameron will receive less money than in his last contract, which ended up being a two-year deal worth about $17 million. Though Cameron will make less, he'll still be a deal, most likely posting numbers a great deal like those in 2009. (Carson Cistulli)
After four straight years with at least 120 games played, age started to catch up with Cameron, and he managed a mere 180 plate appearances while with the Red Sox in 2010. With four outfielders who are worthy of starting games, Boston will have to make a choice: do they play Jacoby Ellsbury in center field, do they move Cameron to left and Carl Crawford to center, or move Crawford and start Ellsbury in left? Cameron should start against lefties at the very least, and with Ellsbury and J.D. as part of the outfield, he could see time as an injury replacement, as well. Keep an eye on Cameron and the Red Sox during spring training, as Cameron could provide decent home-run and RBI production in AL-only leagues, even if his batting average drags down his value. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Cameron couldn't even manage 200 plate appearances in 2010, his first year in Boston. Cameron looks to be the Red Sox' fourth outfielder, but AL-only owners should keep an eye on him during spring training.
After 33 dreadful games with the Red Sox, Mike Cameron managed to make himself underrated again. Despite a frustrating end with the Marlins, he actually managed a league average wOBA in 45 games. He's unsigned, and he's hinted at retirement, but given the right situation he could be a useful spot starter (in OBP leagues). (Patrick Dubuque)
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