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.

Brayan Peña announces retirement

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Catcher Brayan Peña announced his retirement on Monday evening via his Twitter account:

Peña, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Tigers in January but the club ended up going with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for their Triple-A roster.

Peña spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors with the Braves, Royals, Tigers, Reds, and Cardinals from 2005-16. He hit .259/.299/.351 in 1,950 plate appearances.

With his playing days behind him, Peña will transition into coaching. He will manage one of the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League teams, George Sipple of the Free Press reports.