Everyone is talking about a possible return of Ken Griffey Jr. and how great it would be to get him back to the baseball town he saved. But what if the Mariners were to go for former Mariner Mike Cameron instead.
Cameron fits into Jack Zdurienciks philosphy perfectly. He has speed, defense and power. What else can you want from a player?
Sure he had a .243 batting average but what if his August is just one sign of a comeback in 2009? In August Cameron batted .360.
In only 120 games Cameron batted .243, 25 home runs and 17 stolen bases. So in 162 games he would be legitimate 25-25 candidate, maybe even 30-30.
His defense is among the best in the league, he could play left field and still get some time of his natural home located at center field.
Mike Cameron would help the clubhouse chemistry more than anyone other player. He is a fan favorite, a team player and is willing to do anything to catch a fly ball. How many guys write a book about teamwork? Cameron did.
For the Mariners to field three of the majors arguably top fifteen defensive outfielders would be insane but very possible. Not to mention that they also have Endy Chavez who is known for his catch in the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals.
But what would the Mariners give up to receive Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron? Here's an idea.
Seattle Receives: Mike Cameron
Millwaukee Receives: Jarrod Washburn, Wladamir Balentein and Brett Lorin
Seattle kills two birds with one stone. The Mariners could then potentially sign Bobby Abreu as the designated hitter.
The Brewers would get veteran pitching help, a young power bat and a young RHSP to help the team in a few years once he emerges from the minor leagues.
Think what you want, but Jack Zduriencik is the kind of general manager to do this kind of trade. My thoughts are hopeful for the Mariners.