Friday, January 11, 2008

Cameron to Brewers

Just when you thought Houston had the market cornered on crazy winter signings, Milwaukee comes and shakes things up.

On Friday, the Brewers signed free-agent center fielder Mike Cameron. Yes, the same Mike Cameron who will miss the first 25 games of the season because of a substance violation. For the record, it was amphetamines, not steroids.

Cameron is a dazzling defensive center fielder who strikes out way too much. Aside from the glove, that makes him the perfect Milwaukee player. Just ask Ryan "I'm a Human Error Machine but I Hit" Braun.

The bottom line is Milwaukee has rebuilt its hopes from within, banking on a strong farm system to provide major league talent. One of those pieces is Tony Gwynn Jr., who is major league ready yet has received only 160 at-bats in two seasons.

This would have been a good time to put Gwynn into the fire and see how he responds rather than overpay for Cameron.


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