Mike Cameron signed with the Boston Red Sox and the contract is for two-years, $15.5 million.
Couple of things here –
First, it’s a shame the Brewers were so damn hard up for pitching because that’s a completely affordable contract for Cam. Before the end of the season, talk was speculating that Cam would be worth up to $10 million a year. He earned $8 million last season as a Brewer, I think, so we assumed that after his spectacular defensive season, there’s no way his price didn’t go up.
Secondly, I’m so thankful Cam didn’t end up as a Cub. This is a guy I’m going to be a fan of for a long time and I can’t imagine keeping that up if he ended up in Chicago. Besides, one of our favorite Cam memories was him taunting the bleacher bums at Wrigley when we were there in September.
The team finally agreed to terms with Craig Counsell. The “Counsell’s about to sign” story has been going on for a few days, so I’m guessing there was a lot of negotiating happening. Sounds like lil’ cc wanted at least an option for a second year. The contract signed was for one year, $2.1 million, which I think is a bit more money than anyone thought it would be. I wonder if the money went up when the chance for a second year went away.