NY Mets 6 Boston Red Sox 5...Mike Cameron Will NOT Be Traded Unless Idiots Rule...They Don't, That I Promise You
Sunday down in the Sunshine State, the New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox by a score of 6-5. Boston scored one run in the seventh and two in the eighth to make it respectable. Terry Francona again played only a few regular starters and it seems he loves watching his young guns while keeping the regulars rested. Here's the skipper of the Boston Red Sox...
"I know some of the fans grumble, but it’s really fun for our staff to spend the whole day with these young guys and get to know them."
If you remember, my Constant Readers, when the injury epidemic hit the Sox last year, so many of those young guys stepped up without warning and helped Boston to another 90 plus win season. They are the future but the present looks pretty darn good to me.
Let's talk about keeping this 2011 team intact with the emphasis on Mike Cameron. Yes, he's 38 but he has worked so hard to be in tip top shape as he gets prepared to be the fourth (third and a half with JD Drew's physical problems that are sure to be in the mix) outfielder in the mix that is the Boston Red Sox. This is from the Boston Globe's Extra Bases.I thank them. I'll be back after you read this blurb because I KNOW the answer...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — "Mike Cameron has looked very good in spring training so far, seemingly recovered from his hernia and groin surgery and back to being a player with a valuable combination of power and speed.
"He's what the Red Sox thought they had last year," a scout said yesterday. "He doesn't look 38 to me."
The news that the Phillies have lost Domonic Brown (fractured hamate bone in his right hand) for as long as six weeks will spark talk of a trade. As Nick Cafardo mentioned in his notes column today, the Phillies were a good fit all along. Now there's even more of a need. But the Red Sox should tread carefully here. While $7.5 million is a lot to pay for a fourth outfielder and losing that salary would create flexibility for any deals needed in July, Cameron could play a valuable role on this team.
With three lefty hitting outfielders and a lefty DH, Cameron can be a big weapon off the bench. The Sox also have no guarantees on the health of J.D. Drew (who reported to camp with a sore left hamstring) or Jacoby Ellsbury. Mike Cameron could get 350-400 at-bats this season helping to balance the lineup. It would make little sense to trade him."
I'll say this right here and right now...Mike Cameron will be a Boston player, an important one. So don't worry about errant media reports from errant media reporters. Cams will be with us and he's going to have a great season.
That's all I have on this still dark but semi-warm Monday morning. The rivers are all rising because of the copious amounts of rain we've received over the past couple of days. I'm just happy the rain has slowed down drastically. Have a great day and as always, BE WELL. I'll see you sooner than you think.