Cameron Headed to the Yankees

December 11, 2008 at 9:11 am 9 comments

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The New York Yankees have struck a deal that will net them centerfielder Mike Cameron from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Melky Cabrera and possibly a pitcher. Depending who the pitcher is this is a STEAL for the Yankees.

If, for some reason, you don’t know who Mike Cameron is then here is a little rundown: Cameron is a plus defender in centerfield with great range and a good arm. He has good pull-power and the short porch at the new Yankee stadium is a nice Christmas gift for Cameron. He strikes out a bunch but he will take a walk. He will hit for a low average but he makes up for it with every other aspect of his game. He is a good baserunner and is a candidate, even at age 36, to hit 20+ homers and steal 20 bags.

Mleky Cabrera is an above average defender at both corners and is just average in center but his arm is a plus there. He relies a lot on his high contact rate and patience but he is limited in power. He is a good baserunner but not necessarily a fast guy. He is young and cheap so that helps the Brewers while they play with their young core group of players but Cabrera, barring some unforeseen surge, is a 4th outfielder and nothing more.

The Yankees now have a plus defender on the field and one that they can bat lower in the lineup and get exceptional production from out of that spot.

This allows the Brewers to do one of three things: First, they could move Rickie Weeks to center and play Alcides Escobar at second or move Corey Hart to center (where he would be slightly below average) and let Mat Gamel play right field or move Bill Hall back to center and play Gamel at third. I think Weeks to center is the best option but I would like to see Gamel in the lineup.

The Brewers don’t really lose this trade because they free up payroll and it allows the kids to play but the Yankees definitely get a win with this trade and they have incredibly improved this team during the GM Winter Meetings.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  December 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I think it seems like a good move on both teams. The Brewers get the younger player to try to impove over the next few seasons, assuming he stays after he’s available to become a free agent. I think this should be his third season? So they’d have him for this year and next.

    The yankees automatically improve their team with this one. Assuming the end up landing Burnett with that 5 year deal, they’ve thrown themselves up to the front now…. on paper that is. hah!

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 11, 2008 at 10:06 am

    If they do land Burnett it would be hard to not call them favorites but man that is a tough top 3 in the AL East.

    I think Melky is in his 3rd year so he has this year and then he has 3 arbitration years until free agency. I like it for both teams too but the Yankees definitely improved more than the Brewers did. I just hope the Brewers move Weeks to center and pay the dividends of his performance.

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 11, 2008 at 10:28 am

    MLBtraderumors says that Ken Rosenthal says the potential deal hit a roadblock over the Yankees’ desire to have Milwaukee pick up part of the tab on Cameron. Also, the Brewers want a second player after Cabrera.

    I don’t why the Yankees are doing this. They really need to pull the trigger on this deal.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 11, 2008 at 10:57 am

    According to MLBTraderummors Joel Sherman talked to a top exec involved in the talks who called the chances of a deal “remote.”

    Geez!

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  • 5. Cody S  |  December 11, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    If the pitcher is not going to be Ian Kennedy, then who will it be?

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I know for sure Kei Igawa’s name has been mentioned. According to MLBtraderumors Haudricourt now writes that the Cameron negotiations are back underway after a “hiccup”. Tom Haudricourt (Milwaukee writer) heard from GM Doug Melvin that there’s a “strong possibility it could still happen.” The clubs are negotiating over finances and whether a second player would go to the Brewers with Cabrera.

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  • 7. Erik  |  December 12, 2008 at 2:58 am

    IT IS NOT KEI IGAWA it is Hideki Irabu!

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  • 8. Erik  |  December 13, 2008 at 2:25 am

    On a more realistic approach, it would be a nice acquisition for the Yankees. Damon can’t reach the cut off man on a fly from CF let alone left and whatever offense Cameron can provide is just a bonus.

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  • 9. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 13, 2008 at 9:45 am

    This should be a no-brainer for the Yanks. They need to hurry and get this deal done.

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