Brewers improve dramatically by signing CF Mike Cameron

January 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm 10 comments


The Milwaukee Brewers have reached an agreement with centerfielder Mike Cameron, according to major league sources. This is a great deal. One of the best this offseason. This changes the Brewers dramatically and all for the right reasons.

Cameron will miss the first 25 games of the season, serving his suspension under the terms of baseball’s drug-testing program but that is the only problem he comes with. Cameron will slot nicely into the centerfield spot where he plays above average defense even at the age of 34. He also moves from a pitcher’s park to a hitter’s park and his bat is well suited for this park. He should have no problem putting up a 20-75-15 season (HR-RBI-SB).

The best part of this deal is that it allows Bill Hall to move back to thirdbase so the young star Ryan Braun can move to leftfield. Braun is dreadful at third and he projects as well above-average for leftfield. Hall is a very adequate defender at third. This one move turns this defense from a well below average defense to an average, maybe above average defense. The move also means that the bulk of at-bats for the 3rd outfielder won’t be taken up by Tony Gwynn Jr., Gabe Kapler, or Gabe Gross. This gives the Brewers an outfield that could have a 20 homer 15 stolen base CF, a 40/20 LF, and a 25/25 RF that all play above average defensively.

This deal vaults the Brewers ahead of the NL Central favorite Cubs and in a spot to go deep in the NL.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
Buster Olney is a senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine and he first reported this

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brooke  |  January 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    That is a great deal. Cameron is the man (this is coming from a Mariners fan.)

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    You would know all about him then, especially when he was getting into his prime.

  • 3. Erik  |  January 11, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Great signing despite the suspension by Milwaukee. This improves the Brewers OF, and Infield all in one shot. Bill Hall is a better 3rd baseman and kinda reminded me of Todd Hundley playing in the Outfield. Cameron is one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. Plus playing in Miller park he will probably do well offensively.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    The deal is said to guarantee $6M to Cameron for one year. Good low risk/high reward deal.

  • 5. Todd  |  January 12, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    He will not make the team any better or worse, they should have kept jenkins, but Im a cub fan so we Rule

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I was waiting for a Cub fan to comment on my comment saying that the Brewers are the favorites now.

  • 7. erik  |  January 12, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I honestly don’t think the Brewers will be the NL central champs. I like the cubs in that division. I believe they have a better balance. Only question is Closer. If Kerry Wood takes over the closers role then I think they dramatically improve their chances. Yes, i know he is not a tested closer but for awhile I thought he would be someone to fill that role. The Brewers lost their closer to a division rival, signed gagne who pitched horrible in Boston during the playoffs and was in the Mitchell Report, made a clear downgrade at catcher signing Jason Kendell, I do think they are the Cubs closest thing to a challenge for the division but hey… It is only January. but my pick in the NL Central is still the Cubs.

  • 8. erik  |  January 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    P.s. Jonathan lookie lookie Rice has more votes…

  • 9. Aaron Boynton  |  January 13, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I don’t like the talk of moving Bill Hall to 3B and Ryan Braun to LF. Just move Hall to LF and leave Braun at 3B. Braun is a good athlete but so is Josh Fields and he bombed in LF for the White Sox.

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 13, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Fields is a good athlete. Braun is a superb athlete. I’m telling you this will work. Braun is awful at third the way B.J. Upton was awful at all infiled positions. They are similar athletes and Braun will be fine in LF.


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