After signing John Lackey, trading Mike Lowell (pending a few details) and allowing Jason Bay to walk away, the Boston Red Sox are now looking for bats to fill out the rest of their lineup. Today the Sox inked Mike Cameron to a two-year deal to serve as an “all-purpose backup” and are looking at some potential right handed options to fill out the roster. There has been some confusion over what Cameron’s role with Boston will be. Some have said he’d be a backup, others have said he’ll split time in left with Jeremy Hermida, while still others claim he’ll be the starting left fielder from day one.
On the surface the Cameron deal looks like a relatively smart one, since he’s an outstanding defensive outfielder and can put up decent offensive numbers. But in reality, the reported deal of around $15 million for two years is way too much to give a 37-year-old (next month) you don’t plan to play full time. If Cameron comes in and starts, it could be a smart deal, but he’s the type of guy who needs to play everyday to keep his swing right.
If Cameron comes in, he has to start everyday, and I think Terry Francona is smart enough to figure that out.
Buster Olney said today that Boston is looking into someone like Xavier Nady as a possibility. Adding Nady would give the Sox roster flexibility, since he has played both corner outfield spots and first base in the past. Nady was also a third baseman in college at Cal and could probably fill in there in a pinch.
Two other guys in the Nady mold who could get strong looks from the Red Sox are Austin Kearns and Randy Winn.