The quietest terrible free-agent signing in Theo Epstein's tenure in Boston has been designated for assignment and will likely seek employment somewhere else.
Mike Cameron, one of the most disappointing free-agent signings of Theo Epstein's reign as Red Sox general manager, was designated for assignment Thursday, ending a brief and unproductive 1 1/2-year Boston career.
Infielder Yamaico Navarro was recalled from Pawtucket to take his place on the roster. Navarro will wear No. 60.
The Red Sox owe Cameron approximately $4 milllion for the remainder of the season, the last of a two-year, $15.5 million deal.
I don't think many Red Sox fans knew how much cash was thrown at Mike Cameron prior to the 2010 season. $7.75 million a season to accumulate these numbers... a .219 BA, 7 HR, 24 RBI, .285 OBP over 81 games. Cameron came in to play center last season, which resulted in the loss of Ellsbury when Beltre's knee connected with Jacoby's ribs during a play on a fly ball. Then Cameron's abdominal tear kept him out of 114 games last season, which resulted in surgery and he hasn't been the same since.
The good news is, the departure of Cameron and Drew (can't come soon enough) will result in $22 million off the payroll after this season.