BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Mike Cameron to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday, less than a week after cutting the three-time Gold Glove winner.
The Red Sox sent the 38-year-old Cameron and cash to the Marlins for either a player to be named or cash.
Cameron hit just .149 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 33 games for Boston this season. The Red Sox designated him for assignment last Thursday.
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 may join them as early as Wednesday.
Fielder selects 3 for Derby
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder selected teammate Rickie Weeks, Los Angeles’ Matt Kemp and St. Louis’ Matt Holliday to represent the National League in Monday night’s Home Run Derby.
“It was very tough, I wanted everybody to be in it. I definitely wanted someone from the Diamondbacks to be in it, but these guys, I know these guys really well, and these are my picks, no hard feelings,” Fielder said Tuesday.
Arizona hosts the All-Star game on Tuesday and Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton had said he was interested in representing the NL.
“I wish I could invite everyone I knew. That was the only part that was a little tough, trying to narrow it down,” Fielder said.
Kemp came into play on Tuesday with an NL-best 22 home runs. Fielder has 21, Weeks has 15 and Holliday has the fewest with 10, but has hit in the contest two previous times. Weeks said he’s not concerned about messing up his swing by trying to hit home runs because they try to outhit each other in batting practice.
“We mess around with it all the time in BP,” Weeks said. “It’s one of those things where if you’re confident in yourself and your swing; some people have different swings, of course, and they might have to create more lift or something like that. Maybe that might mess them up, possibly. Some people have long homers and some people have hard homers — you just want to stay with what got you here and go hard and have fun, really.”
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he’s already talked to Weeks about not altering his swing and said he’s comfortable with two of his best hitters being part of the festivities.
“Rickie said he’s going to be fine,” Roenicke said. “I think he can turn it on and off when he wants to.”
Fielder says he’ll use Triple-A hitting coach Sandy Guerrero as his pitcher in the derby, the same person who threw to him when he won the contest in 2009. Weeks said he wasn’t sure who he’d pick, either Guerrero or Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Fielder did have a little advice for his teammate on preparing for the contest.
“It’s kind of intense, it’s not as easygoing as you might think it is,” Fielder said. “You get serious because of course you want to win.”
The new format this year pits the NL against the AL for charity, and the American League hitters include 2010 derby champ David Ortiz of the Red Sox along with his teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano of New York and Jose Bautista of Toronto. Bautista leads the majors with 27 homers.
With that potent lineup, Fielder decided not to make any guarantees on who would win the competition.
“I’m not going to do that,” Fielder said. “I guarantee I’ll swing hard, though.”