So I haven’t posted yet this year, mostly because Dave and Derek have covered it all, but also because there just hasn’t been that much to talk about. KJR (local sportsradio, for those of you who might be out of the area) was all abuzz today, however, with talk of Cameron making his way back to Seattle. The host in question was sure to point out that it was just idle speculation on his part, not any sort of even decent rumor.
Cameron makes ~$14M over the next two seasons, and I’d take him back in a heartbeat. Rather than focus on the things he can’t do, as people have done the last two years or so, look at what he can do: play a tremendous defensive center field, take walks, steal bases at a good clip, and hit for power. Even injured and appearing in only 140 games last season, he managed 30 homers; nearly 54% of his hits went for extra bases, and Shea plays as a pretty solid pitchers’ park.
With Beltre and (gulp) Sexson on board, Cameron wouldn’t need to be the third-best hitter on the team. You hit him sixth, maybe seventh, something in there, he plays good defense and whatever offense you get is gravy. Sure, he “strikes out too much,” whatever. He also will hit one out now and then.
Look, I don’t think he’s coming back, because there’s still the matter of Randy Winn and the $14M owed Cameron. Might be worth seeing what the Mets would want, though; perhaps even Winn, for left, with Beltran in center and Cliff Floyd sliding over to right. If there was money to offer Odalis Perez, there’s money for Mike Cameron.