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Epstein: Still room for Cameron

Posted on: December 11, 2010 3:31 pm
Mike Cameron Not only is Mike Cameron not a forgotten man now that the Red Sox have Carl Crawford, he was high on general manager Theo Epstein's priority list after the signing. Epstein told reporters Saturday that he called Cameron five minutes after signing Crawford to tell him there's still a place for him.

That place is as a really expensive fourth outfielder and injury insurance policy. He'll make $7.25 million in 2011 at age 38.

"Cam was really excited and the ultimate class guy and ultimate teammate," Epstein said. "He said, 'Whatever, whatever you guys need me to do to fit in this team, I'll do.' "

Boston's starting outfield -- Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew -- is entirely left-handed, and Cameron is right-handed, which should get him some opportunities against lefties. He's also versatile enough to play all three outfield positions, which makes him valuable as a replacement in case of injuries to the starters.

Epstein said he's not interested in trading Cameron, but you have to think if somebody called offering to take that salary off his hands, he'd listen.

-- David Andriesen

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