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Mike Cameron | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (41) / 1/8/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Cameron has decided to retire from baseball.
It's an abrupt decision, but not altogether surprising when you think about it. Cameron, 39, was on a minor league deal with the Nats, and with Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina also around and Bryce Harper likely to be ready sometime in the first half, the veteran probably didn't see much of an opportunity. Cameron finishes his 17-year career with a .249/.338/.444 batting line, 278 homers and 297 steals to go along with three Gold Gloves and one All-Star game appearance. Sun, Feb 19, 2012 11:25:00 AM

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Nationals signed OF Mike Cameron to a minor league contract.

The deal also includes a spring training invite. Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio hears that he'll earn $1 million if he makes the Opening Day roster, while the contract includes $750,000 in performance-based incentives. Cameron, 38, batted .203/.285/.359 with nine home runs and 27 RBI over 269 plate appearances this past year between the Red Sox and Marlins. He's better off as a fourth outfielder and right-handed bat off the bench at his advanced age, but his role for 2012 will likely hinge upon whether the Nationals think Bryce Harper is ready for the big leagues.
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 05:39:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals have reached a deal with outfielder Mike Cameron.

Cameron was said to be engaging in "serious talks" with the Indians over the weekend, but the Nationals apparently swooped in with a better offer. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that it's a minor league deal. Cameron, 38, batted .203/.285/.359 with nine home runs and 27 RBI over 269 plate appearances this past year between Boston and Miami. He'll likely function as a backup outfielder if he makes the Opening Day roster.
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 03:28:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Indians are in "serious talks" with free agent outfielder Mike Cameron.

Terry Pluto of Cleveland Plain-Dealer and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported earlier that the Tribe had interest in the veteran outfielder, and it sounds like something could get done soon. Cameron, who turns 39 in January, batted just .203/.285/.359 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 269 plate appearances this past season, but he would fit the Indians' need for a right-handed hitting outfielder.
Sun, Dec 18, 2011 01:53:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Nationals are targeting free agent Mike Cameron for their bench.

Cameron, who turns 39 in January, batted just .203/.285/.359 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 269 plate appearances this past season. While he was released by the Marlins in September after his involvement in a verbal altercation with a flight attendant on a team charter flight, the veteran outfielder has a solid reputation as a teammate. The Nationals are also looking at Willie Harris, Mark DeRosa and Greg Dobbs for their bench.
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 02:58:00 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Mike Cameron intends to continue his playing career in 2012.

Cameron is coming off a terrible season where he batted just .203 over 237 at-bats for the Red Sox and Marlins. His year ended abruptly when he was let go by Florida reportedly after getting involved in a verbal altercation with a flight attendant on a team charter flight. But, the 38-year-old is generally viewed as a great teammate and wouldn't be a bad bench player for someone.
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 08:38:00 AM

According to the Miami Herald, Mike Cameron was released by the Marlins following a verbal altercation with a flight attendant on the team's charter flight.

The altercation did not turn physical, but the charter company filed a complaint. While the Marlins' front office believed they could not keep Cameron following the incident, he obviously didn't figure in their long-term plans. The 38-year-old outfielder batted .203/.285/.359 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 269 plate appearances between Florida and Boston this season.
Wed, Sep 14, 2011 01:46:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that Mike Cameron was released because the Marlins wanted to play their younger outfielders and Cameron preferred to spend more time with his kids.

That makes sense. Eyebrows were raised when the Marlins revealed that he was released due to "conduct detrimental to the team," but it sounds as if they parted ways mutually. Cameron is reportedly mulling retirement.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 10:33:00 PM

The Marlins released Mike Cameron because of "conduct detrimental to the team."

The exact nature of the incident is not yet known, but this comes as a surprise given his positive reputation around the league. Cameron, 38, batted .239/.333/.423 with six home runs and 18 RBI over 163 plate appearances during his brief time with the Marlins.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 06:10:00 PM

Marlins released OF Mike Cameron.

Cameron battled hamstring, wrist and knee injuries during his tenure with the Fish, and hit just .239/.333/.423 in 163 total plate appearances. The 38-year-old veteran outfielder might simply decide to hang up his cleats for good.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 07:46:00 AM

Mike Cameron returned to action on Monday, striking out in pinch-hitting duty.

Before a hamstring injury sidelined him last week, Cameron was putting together a nice finish to a miserable season. Before his brief appearance on Monday, he had hit safely in 16 of 20 games, raising his batting average 33 points to .203.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 04:10:00 AM

Mike Cameron is considering retiring after this season.

Cameron has struggled with injuries and poor offensive results throughout his 2011 campaign. The 38-year-year-old outfielder has been in the majors since 1995.
Sat, Sep 10, 2011 06:44:00 PM

Mike Cameron (hamstring) is not sure when he'll be ready to return to the lineup.

Cameron has been out since Tuesday with a tight right hamstring. The Marlins are calling him day-to-day, though it sounds like it might be a while longer before he's ready to play.
Sat, Sep 10, 2011 10:46:00 AM

Mike Cameron left Tuesday's game against the Mets in the 11th inning with a tight right hamstring.

Cameron, who tied the game with a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth, apparently suffered the injury after reaching on a walk in the 11th inning. Bryan Petersen moved over to replace him in center field to begin the 12th while Vinny Rottino entered the game to play right. Cameron is considered day-to-day.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 12:21:00 AM

Mike Cameron homered twice in Saturday's 8-4 victory over the Phillies.

Cameron went deep in the second inning off Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, then homered again in the eighth. He has nine dingers and 23 total RBI in 74 games this year.
Sat, Sep 3, 2011 11:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
3Eury Perez
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Aaron Barrett
8Xavier Cedeno
9Ross Ohlendorf
10Erik Davis