Red Sox trade Mike Cameron to Marlins

Updated: July 6, 2011, 12:32 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Mike Cameron and cash to the Florida Marlins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Cameron, 38, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on June 30 after appearing in 33 games this season, while batting .149 with two doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs, nine runs and eight walks.

The veteran outfielder was signed by the Red Sox on Dec. 16, 2009. He spent the majority of last season with a groin/hernia injury and needed season-ending surgery last September.

Cameron is a career .249 hitter with 272 homers and 296 stolen bases, and a three-time Gold Glove winner in 16 major-league seasons. The Marlins' Jack McKeon managed Cameron when both were with Cincinnati in 1999.

"Jack knows him well from his days in Cincinnati and loved him -- a high-character guy and a great teammate," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said before their game in Miami against Philadelphia. "We've been poking around and wanted to add a veteran presence here to help with some of our younger guys."

Cameron has about $3.5 million left on a two-year, $15.5 million contract he signed as a free agent before last season. He is a .249 career hitter with 272 home runs, 950 RBIs and 296 stolen bases.

The Marlins will be his eighth team. He'll be activated Wednesday.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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