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Red Sox DFA Mike Cameron, Braves Should Sign Him

In somewhat surprising news this morning, the Boston Red Sox have designated 38-year old outfielder Mike Cameron for assignment. While this doesn't have an immediate or direct impact on the Braves, they (at the very least) need to give Red Sox GM Theo Epstein a call and try to work out a deal for Cameron. Why? There's a few reasons.

For one, Cameron wouldn't cost much of anything. Like ... some random, completely unknown 18-year old prospect that was signed after making a Dominican Summer League team or something. In addition to the cost of acquiring the outfielder being extremely low, Cameron would also be extremely cheap financially. The guy has made a lot of money over his profound career and is likely looking for one last chance to win a World Series. The Braves can give him that chance.

Secondly, Cameron has been linked to the Braves and has been in-and-out of the Georgia-area his entire life. There was chatter of signing him two off-seasons ago when he was a free agent, but the club eventually passed on him when they acquired Melky Cabrera. One would imagine he would want to play for the club, and he's been regarded as a top-notch teammate both on and off the field throughout his career.

Finally, he might still have a little bit left in the tank before calling it quits. In his prime, Mike Cameron was an All-Star center fielder. While his prime is far behind him, he's still a great athlete and decent defender. The Braves currently have Wilkin Ramirez as their primary defensive outfielder; no offense to Wilkin, but MIke Cameron sounds like a much better option than Ramirez does. Who knows, maybe Cameron will turn out to be the next Pat Burrell? The Giants don't win the World Series last year without him.

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