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.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.