Brewers pick up option for CF Cameron

Lance LeQueAnalyst INovember 3, 2008

Mike Cameron will be back in center field at Miller Park in 2009.

Facing a Monday deadline for their decision, the Brewers exercised a $10 million option to bring Cameron back for a second season in Milwaukee.

The team could have bought out the option for $750,000 and made Cameron a free agent, however, declined to do so, possibly due to the lack of talent in free agency at his position.

Cameron, a top-flight defensive player who turns 36 in January, missed the first 25 games of 2008 on a league-imposed suspension, then batted .243 with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs in 120 games. He also struck out 142 times, most on the team.

With Cameron's option exercised and infielder Craig Counsell's declined, the Brewers have one club option left on the table. Closer Salomon Torres, who made a staff-high 71 appearances and notched 26 saves, has a $3.75 million option for next season with a $300,000 buyout. The team has a Nov. 15 deadline to decide on Torres.


My Take:

I personally think that this was a key move. Sure, $10 million is a LOT of money, especially for a 36-year old who strikes out a lot, and hits for a low average.

However, it's important that he was resigned because the Brewers don't have any up-and-coming OF prospects, nor would they have had a wide variety of quality talent through free agency. Cameron was clearly the best option available to the team.

For those who still think this is a bad deal, then you might be able to get your hopes up —Gothe Yankees are reportedly interested in Cameron. Could this possibly be a sign-and-trade deal? We'll find out within the next month, or so.