Mike Cameron was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this summer and subsequently traded to the Marlins for a player to be named later. It was not a bad gamble on the Marlins’ part given that, until quite recently, Cameron was still a productive player with two tools — speed and defense — that don’t slump.
But Cameron never got it going in Miami — he hit a mere .239/.333/.423 after the deal — and now the Marlins have released him.
Cameron is 38 and his days as a starter are over. While it’s possible someone will take a chance on him as a fourth or fifth outfielder next spring, it’s also possible that he may just decide to hang it up.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.