The Brewers officially signed Mike Cameron today.
Mike Cameron and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized a $7 million, one-year contract today.
The sides had reached an agreement on Friday that was subject to the 35-year-old outfielder passing a physical.
A three-time Gold Glove winner, Cameron hit .242 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs last season for the San Diego Padres. He is suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive a second time for a banned stimulant. He blamed the positive test on a tainted supplement.
“Mike has a rare combination of defense, power and baserunning along with the ability to work the count,” General Manager Doug Melvin said. “He is also a leader in the clubhouse.”
Milwaukee has had a void in the outfield since Geoff Jenkins left for a $13 million, two-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition, Kevin Mench became a free agent when Milwaukee failed to offer him a 2008 contract.
The signing also means that Ryan Braun will likely move to 3B after Cameron’s suspension.
With Cameron on the team, Bill Hall will move from center to third.
“I’m excited about it,” Braun said before boarding a flight from Los Angeles to Milwaukee, where he will make a personal appearance Sunday and later participate in the Brewers’ “Winter Warm-Up.”
“It’s in my best interests and in the best interests of the team. Whatever makes us better, I’m all for it. There’s no question it’s the right move.”