Mike Cameron officially opts for season-ending surgery

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As expected, Mike Cameron has decided to undergo surgery on the torn abdominal muscle that has bothered him for most of the season. He’ll miss the rest of this year, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “should be ready for spring training.”
He’ll make $7.25 million in 2011 as part of a two-year, $15.5 million deal signed this offseason. Cameron finishes Year 1 of the contract hitting .259/.328/.401 in 48 games for his lowest OPS since way back in 1998.
He’s either been on the disabled list or trying to play through an injury at less than 100 percent for basically the entire season, so clearly the Red Sox never saw the Cameron they thought they were getting, but at 37 years old it’s unclear whether that guy even exists at this point.
Cameron has been one of the most underrated all-around players in baseball for the past 15 years and I actually thought the Red Sox were smart to sign him, but there’s no way he’d get anything close to $7.25 million on the open market.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.