Marlins acquire Mike Cameron from Red Sox

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Five days after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox, Mike Cameron has been shipped to the Marlins for a player to be named.

The Red Sox sent along an undisclosed amount of cash to help cover the approx. $3.5 million left on Cameron’s contract.  He signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with Boston prior to 2010.

The 38-year-old Cameron hit just .149/.212/.266 in 94 at-bats for Boston this season, but with Chris Coghlan having played his way back to the minors, the Marlins have little to lose by taking a chance on him.  In his last go in the National League, he was still a very good regular, hitting .250/.342/.452 with 24 homers and 70 RBI for the Brewers in 2009.

The Marlins figure to give him a look as their primary center fielder, with Emilio Bonifacio getting more of his starts at third base.  If Coghlan, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, earns his way back to the majors by the end of the month, than Cameron can slide into a reserve role.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.