Cameron 'willing to make a sacrifice' to stay in Milwaukee

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Impending free agent Mike Cameron said yesterday that he’d like to remain in Milwaukee beyond this season and “would be willing to make a sacrifice to make that happen.”
Cameron is earning $10 million this season and would fetch the Brewers draft-pick compensation as a Type B free agent if he leaves, although they’d have to offer him arbitration first and there’s some risk that he could accept. Of course, that would hardly be a horrible thing.
He turns 37 years old in a few months and not many center fielders remain effective defenders at that age, but the Brewers don’t have an obvious in-house replacement ready and he’s shown no signs of decline. Cameron has an OPS above .800 for the fourth time in five seasons and remains an excellent defensive center fielder, rating 8.6 runs above average according to Ultimate Zone Rating.
Fan Graphs shows Cameron as being 38.7 runs above replacement level this year, which is good for 15th in the NL and makes him a bargain at $10 million. And while being 37 puts him at high risk to decline suddenly, Cameron has aged far better than most players and was 40.3 runs above replacement level in 2008. If he’s truly willing to give the Brewers a discount to remain in Milwaukee, they could jump at the chance.

Cubs sign Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.

Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.

Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.