Mike Cameron returned to the Red Sox’s lineup on Sunday after missing five straight games with abdominal soreness. When asked what he hoped to bring to the batting order after such a long absence, here’s what he shared with the Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarisi:
“Sexiness and color,” Cameron laughed, before getting serious. “No, It’s
going to be kind of cool. I get a chance one more time to
run out here and see if I can play some baseball.”
Cameron is batting a healthy .271 with a .364 on-base percentage this year, but he’s struggled to stay active through a range of injuries. The 37-year-old missed 34 games earlier this season due to an ab strain and he hasn’t played in over 150 games since 2007. He’ll start about three times a week until the abdomen soreness fully dissipates.
That means both Bill Hall and Darnell McDonald will remain regularly-seen members of the Boston outfield. In fact, they’re both starting today alongside Cameron, marking the first time in 10 years that the Red Sox have featured an all African-American starting outfield. Good to see.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.