The Red Sox sent outfielder Mike Cameron and cash to the Marlins in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. The Sox designated the 38-year-old for assignment last Thursday after he hit .149 with a .212 OBP, a .266 slugging mark, a .477 OPS and three homers in 33 games this year.
Cameron was hampered in 2010 after he suffered a tear in his abdominal wall at the start of the season after signing a two-year, $15.5 million deal with the Sox. He played through immense pain, appearing in 48 games and hitting .259 with a .729 OPS, but required season-ending surgery in the offseason.
After the Sox signed Carl Crawford this past offseason, Cameron was expected to be an important bench contributor as a right-handed outfielder who could complement the Sox' three left-handed starting outfielders as well as DH David Ortiz. But he struggled in his first foray into part-time work, resulting in his being designated for assignment last week.
Cameron was owed approximately $3.4 million on his $7.25 million salary for the rest of this season. The Sox will cover the balance of his deal except for the prorated minimum salary (just under $200,000). According to a source, the team likely will receive some cash back rather than a player.
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